“Earth as an ecosystem stands out in the all of the universe. There’s no place that we know about that can support life as we know it, not even our sister planet, Mars, where we might set up housekeeping someday, but at great effort and trouble we have to recreate the things we take for granted here.” -Sylvia Earle

When you think of our Solar System, where does your mind go first? If it’s like most people, once your thoughts venture away from the Earth, it’s very likely that they’ll turn to Mars. And if you start thinking about the red planet for very long, you might start thinking about the Mars rovers exploring the surface. To keep with the theme of roving, enjoy an old Irish folk song from Planxty as they sing,

As I Roved Out.

And, of course, the latest rover — Curiosity — is simply amazing.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems, via http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16239.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems, via http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16239.

But did you know that it’s available to us all… in LEGO form? Well, thanks to NASA engineer on the Curiosity rover and LEGO fan (and creator) extraordinaire, Stephen Pakbaz, it’s accessible to us all!

Image credit: Stephen Pakbaz on flickr, via https://www.flickr.com/photos/65402716@N07/7639941572/.

Image credit: Stephen Pakbaz on flickr, via https://www.flickr.com/photos/65402716@N07/7639941572/.

Come see Stephen’s amazing work, design and passion here, along with many of his other NASA/LEGO projects!

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