During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, Joshua, Lily, and I started a major endeavor – assembling the 1,969 piece Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V set. Growing up, I was a huge fan of the NASA space program. The Saturn V is still one of my favorites, based on it being the most powerful heavy-lifter that helped propel the U.S. space agency all the way to the Moon.
This commemorative Lego set was released back in 2017, has been hard to find for months, and is composed of 1,969 (commemorating the Apollo 11 mission.) This was certainly the most complex and ambitious Lego set that I have ever taken on, so I’m glad I had two great team members with me on this.
The Saturn V can be displayed on three blue stands (included) in one large contiguous piece or with all three stages separated. The set also includes a command module, the lunar lander, and even two astronauts to recreate the lunar landing. It took us a few days, we did have to redo some parts once in a while, and the 1st and 2nd stages survived getting dropped once.
Today you can still find three complete Saturn V launch vehicles on public display:
- One is located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.
- Another is at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A
- A third Saturn V is on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville near the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Our version is currently on display in all of its glory at our house.