Curiosity Lands!

Very Happy Engineers at NASA! Credit IEEE.org

Great news from NASA this morning, Curiosity Mars Rover has landed successfully.  Our hats are off to the NASA engineers that made this happen!

In celebration (or emulation?) the folks over at Battlebots.com have put together a fantastic model of the Mars Rover made entirely from LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.  More information and pictures on their website here.  See below for a picture and some videos of this fantastic robot!

Credit Battlebricks.com

Doug Moran and I (Will Gorman) built a LEGO MINDSTORMS model of the Mars Curiosity Rover for the Build the Future in Space event at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The rover contains 1000’s of LEGO Technic and MINDSTORMS bricks, and is 100% pure LEGO with no glue. Four of the six wheels are powered, and the rover can make 360 degree turns. The arm and mast are controlled via a separate NXT via bluetooth, and the rover is driven via a separate NXT Joystick designed by Philo Hurbain. Special thanks to LEGO for providing all the plastic, and NASA for hosting a great event where we got to display the rover and build with the many families visiting the Kennedy Space Center! Check out BattleBricks.com for more information about the rover and other LEGO MINDSTORMS projects.

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