The highly anticipated limited edition exclusive 2021 LEGO 5006744 Ulysses Space Probe NASA VIP Reward was sold out pretty quickly at the LEGO VIP Rewards Center (USA | Canada | UK | Australia). There were some reports that there were some issues (under repair/maintenance) with their site around the 9am launch time on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. It was available for redemption at 1800 LEGO VIP reward points but is now out of stock. Chances of it coming back in-stock is rather slim. The LEGO Ulysses Space Probe NASA VIP Reward set matches perfectly with the new LEGO 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set.
LEGO 5006744 Ulysses Space Probe NASA Product Description
The joint ESA-NASA deep-space mission Ulysses was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 6, 1990.
Built in Germany, Ulysses was designed to study the heliosphere—the region of space influenced by the Sun and its magnetic field. Its primary goal was to make the first-ever measurements of the unexplored region of space above the Sun’s poles. For this reason, it operated in an elliptical heliocentric orbit that took it high above the ecliptic plane, where each orbit lasted 6.2 years.
To get into this special orbit, the 809lb (367kg) Ulysses had to be helped by a stack of solid rocket motors. These were loaded into the shuttle payload bay along with the main spacecraft. They were ignited once released from Discovery.
With nine sets of instruments, the areas of investigation included looking into the properties and behavior of the solar wind, measuring the Sun’s magnetic field, detecting galactic cosmic rays, and investigating how the heliosphere interacts with interstellar space.
On June 30, 2009, the Ulysses mission ended after 6,842 days (18 years, 8 months, 24 days) in orbit.
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