Denmark Sends First Man To Space With WHAT To Keep Him Company?

Posted: Sep 2 2015, 8:47am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 2 2015, 9:06am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Denmark Sends First Man to Moon with WHAT to Keep Him Company?
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The country wanted to be the first to put these toys into space.

In what is going to be a monumental time for Denmark, the country will be sending its first man to the moon. However, they are also going to be the first country to ever send Legos into space. According to The Guardian, three astronauts blasted into orbit from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Russian Soyuz craft on its way to the International Space Station. On board is Andreas Mogensen, Denmark's first person in space. The Lego won't be just any blocks, there will be 20 Iriss-adorned space figurines. The mission has been dubbed "Iriss" after the Greek goddess Iris who linked humanity with space.

As part of a recent "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, Mogensen said: "The European Space Agency and Lego have partnered for this mission and among other things, we are running a competition for Danish school children to tell a story about my mission using Legos and making a video of their story."

Mogensen said on Reddit: "I am allowed to bring 1.5 kilograms of personal items with me on Soyuz. I will bring pictures of family and friends, mission patches stickers, Danish flags, Lego figures, some parachute material with signatures from skydivers around the world, a baseball cap from the University of Texas at Austin, a t-shirt and a few other small items".

The aim of the mission is really to check on different communications methods as well as see the impact on the health of a person going into space.

The Legos are there for company, as the astronauts can get somewhat lonely and bored - and these light blocks might just be able to help.

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