Monday, September 29, 2014

LEGO Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) MANGALYAAN

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also known as  MANGALYAAN, is a space probe launched to Mars by
the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Launched on 5 November 2013 and reached Mars orbit on 24 September 2014. VERSION EN ESPAÑOL


Like the real one, this LEGO model was built based on a cube. Spacecrafts are usually wrapped in a golden reflective film, to protect scientific instruments from temperature oscillations. This time the probe is presented "naked" to show some details.

Cubic structure
The cube is made of 6 4x4 plates, interconnected with "hydrant" bricks.

Inside the cube

Solar panels were modeled with 4x6 plates covered with blue "grills" to make the cells. The panels are interconnected with flexible links. In the original spacecraft solar panels and high gain antenna were stored folded inside the rocket.

Building solar panels
To build the probe around 140 steps were needed. The biggest visible features of MANGALYAAN are its 3 solar panels, high gain antenna and scientific instruments on the surface of the cube

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