An anonymous reader writes: Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, aparently bored with hardcore science, decided that he was going to build the International Space Station. Made all the more interesting since, you know, he is currently on the International Space Station. Duplicating the engineering feat that is the International Space Station out of legos took far less time than the full-size version did, at about only two hours.
While it may seem silly, NASA and Lego claim that it does actually serve a purpose other than being a fun distraction from the humdrum life of being an astronaut. The model was going to be used as a scale model for demonstrations recorded on video for kids.
Says Furukawa, "Kids like LEGO and when they see LEGO floating in space, I'm sure they are excited. Well, I hope this experience inspires them to make greater efforts to study science and technology."