NASA engineer from Boardman hopes to make LEGO history


NASA’s Space Launch System is a new rocket that’s been in development since 2010 which scientists hope will one day reach Mars.

Just like the SLS rocket, it’s LEGO replica model, built by Boardman native Nicholas Mastramico, also has an ambitious goal to becoming an official LEGO model.

Mastramico works as a NASA structural engineer for the SLS rocket in Huntsville, Ala., and started creating the model during his off time as a hobby in July 2015.

The model is made from more than 600 LEGO pieces he ordered online. The model includes the rocket, the launch pad, interchangeable upper stages, a small Orion capsule, the mobile launcher tower and a mobile crawler.

For a while, he said he kept it on his desk until his wife Kimberly gave him the idea to submit it to become an official LEGO model in April.

The project has to receive 10,000 supporters to have the idea submitted to become an official LEGO set and organized in different deadlines.

Read Thursday's Vindicator or to learn more about the project and how you can help that happen.

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