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Space Shuttle – The Retro Mission
Today, the last Space Shuttle started successfully to the last shuttle mission ever. This posting is dedicated to all the brave men and women who explore space - from high above, from the surface of our planet or our moon, with satellites, with telescopes, with high tech computers or with slide rules.
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About 30 years ago, when I was Little Xeno instead of Mr. Xenomurphy, the first Space Shuttle, the Columbia, lead us all into a new era of space science. As a fan of astronomy and LEGO®, I tried to combine both interests by building my own Space Shuttle.

Now listen kids, cause you might not believe what I tell you: There was no internet in the early 80s, no Google (to find Shuttle pictures), no Bricklink (to order missing pieces), no TV news channels (that constantly repeat Shuttle clips), not even a VCR to tape the Shuttle lauch in order to get pictures.

So we had to build everything from our memory of something that we saw once or twice. That is the main reason why my Shuttle looks more like the Empire State Building with wings and not much like the real thing.

My most valuable sets in the 80s were the Classic Space sets and the yellow castle. That explains why my Shuttle wasn’t black and white. Like I said, no Bricklink.

I apologise for the unusually bad picture quality, but as you might already guess, there were no digital cams in the 80s. Right.

I got the earth picture from this free NASA service Visible Earth .

Bricks in Space: The Endeavour carried the first LEGO® sets ever launched into space. More sets were on board the Atlantis, the last Shuttle ever. You can find more about it here .



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  March 2, 2014
SPACESHIP, SPACESHIP, SPACESHIP!!!!!
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  August 25, 2011
I'll stick with the slide rule (and your shuttle).
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  August 21, 2011
Looks like pure Retro! Great work on that liftarm.
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  July 31, 2011
Hey you know how you said you wouldn't be able to contribute much to the group? Well it doesn't matter! Just having you in my group would be an honour! Nice creation!
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  July 14, 2011
Title+main pic=large smile :D
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  July 12, 2011
I took a week-long vacation to Florida, and while I was down there I got to see a section of the launch from a beach. My grandparents (where I stayed) have no computer or WiFi, so I think I could relate to the 80's for those days. Love the front section of the shuttle here.
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  July 11, 2011
Yes, the shuttle. Build one myself back in those days. It was a colourful cuboid with cargo doors. Only half the size of yours. Sadly I do not have any pictures. The daughter of my girlfrind once asked 'Mommy, when you were a child were there still dinosaurs around?'. It sure feels like that.
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  July 11, 2011
Ha Ha.. great man! the epic 80 years. There was nothing out of Legos were playing games, there were very few pieces, and there were few who were horribly cubic. Fear! But now we're finally in 2000, and in the last 20 years, Lego, fortunately, has managed to become, what was magic, in special. The ship I would call it ... The Rubick 1 .... Ha ha... like the cube ... Great my friend
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  July 11, 2011
80'.., excellent work..! Something "new"...
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  July 10, 2011
Ha ha ha !!! you talk about some years I know by heart !!.... It was good years... The story of the yellow and blue lego remind me so many souvenirs. That's why I love your shuttle...
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  July 9, 2011
I am so jealous that you have pictures of ANYTHING you built as a child. Then again, you must have been so proud of this when you were finished, why wouldn't you take pictures?! LOL Great trip down memory lane...~H
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  July 9, 2011
genuinely old school, I love it. Sadly I don't think I have any photos of my childhood creations but in my world combining genres (I had the yellow castle too, my son now uses it as a place to put out fires with his Lego fire engines) was strictly forbidden so this wouldn't have happened. Find more from the past!!
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  July 9, 2011
I'll miss the shuttles greatly. They have always been my favourite NASA vehicle, as I grew up with them. Sure, Apollo was a huge milestone, but the shuttles have earned my respect.
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  July 8, 2011
While I grew up in the 80's, I somehow avoided the mullet and the flock of seagulls cut....but my trip to NASA space center in Florida was the highlight of my youth, I got a Challenger model and slept with it everynight. I watched Space Camp and hoped that would happen to me. Sadly, when the Challenger blew up I was crushed. But my love of the NASA program and the shuttles lives on. This MOC is great nostalgia....thank you!
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  July 8, 2011
So does that mean this is Spastle? Great work and thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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  July 8, 2011
ah the 80's, neon, mullets, the threat of nuclear war, great times, great MOC too!
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  July 8, 2011
How Lego has changed, this is nostalgia at its best, i would have loved to have played with this when i was younger, impressive build :)
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  July 8, 2011
hehe, fun build dude, real fun. Apparently NASA have retired the shuttle program to concentrate on real spaceships to explore other worlds. Thank God!!! What a job it would be to be on such a design team! I only regret we live in the days of pioneering a space program and will never see Western civilisations greatest achievements. Oh well, that's what sci-fi books are for! Cheers dude...
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  July 8, 2011
I, too remember the 80's: when frizzy hair and <gasp> mullets were cool! When you had to actually use a phone plugged into a hole in your wall at home to call somebody. Nice build and nostalgic pics.
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  July 8, 2011
Ahhh yes, the 80's. When if you wanted to know something you had to actually venture outside to this scary place called... the library... there you would be instructed to first, be quiet, and then to look at this ancient thing called a "book." Man those people in the 80's were weird... Fun build man! ~ Chris.
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  July 8, 2011
No internet?! SHOCKING! What did you guys do with yourselves?! You played.....OUTSIDE?! O_o
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  July 8, 2011
"looks like the empire state building" haha,... yeah, the good old days...what, early 80s ? I wasn't born yet :P
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  July 8, 2011
Nice, Dude! What a great decade, the 80's! Ever get your old piano key tie out, just for old times sake?
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  July 8, 2011
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Cool stuff! ... now I have to dig the picture of the X-Wing I made with set #8845 http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=8845-1 back in the day ...
Go digging. I'm curious.
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  July 8, 2011
Cool stuff! ... now I have to dig the picture of the X-Wing I made with set #8845 http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=8845-1 back in the day ...
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  July 8, 2011
Pretty cool, it's neat to see creations from a while back. It's also cool to know you still have pictures of it.
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  July 8, 2011
:) so i see you built the empire state building with wings... quite nice (:
 
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