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Watch Adam Savage Build the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket

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In 1969, NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The lunar and service modules nested at the tip of a massive Saturn V rocket, a complex 111-meter Heavy Lift Vehicle. How big is that? It's 18 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty.

On June 1, LEGO released a NASA Apollo Saturn V Building Kit, featuring 1969 pieces. The assembled model is roughly 1 meter high, making it simultaneously enormous (for a LEGO kit) and tiny (relative to the rocket itself). Along with the rocket, the kit includes three astronaut minifigs (presumably representing Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin), the Eagle lunar module, the Columbia command module, and a book on Apollo history. Yes, the vehicles nest inside the top stage of the rocket.

At most outlets the kit is currently sold out. If you can't get your hands on a kit, you can watch Adam Savage along with Norm Chan and Will Smith from Tested assemble the kit on YouTube. Enjoy:

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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Even in Real Time, the Northern Lights Look Like a Beautiful Timelapse Video
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Nothing compares to seeing the Northern Lights in person, but this video shared by The Kid Should See This is a pretty decent substitute. Though it may look like a timelapse, the footage hasn’t been altered or sped up at all. The undulating green lights you see below are what the aurora borealis looks like in real time.

Astro-photographer Kwon O Chul captured the footage of the meteorological phenomenon in Canada’s Northwest Territories in March 2013. The setting, the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, is a popular destination for tourists coming to see the Northern Lights up close. In the video, you can see how the camp’s glowing teepees complement the colorful ribbon of lights above.

Even if you plan your Northern Lights sightseeing trip perfectly, it’s impossible to guarantee that you’ll get a clear view of the aurora borealis on any given night, since factors like solar activity and weather conditions affect the light show’s visibility. But if you want to know what to expect when the lights are at their peak, take a look at the clip below.

You can check out more of Kwon O Chul's photography on Facebook.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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