From Geek Dad: “Thanks to a joint mission between NASA and Lego, there will be three very special Lego minifigs affixed to the spacecraft. The figures, milled from aluminum, will accompany Juno on its five-year trip to Jupiter. When Juno arrives in 2016, the Lego likeness of the Roman god, Jupiter, his sister, Juno, and the Italian astronomer, Galileo, will be there to take in all the sights and bask in the immensity of the largest planet. This (until now) secret installation was initiated by NASA scientists, who love Lego as much as anyone and wanted to do something memorable for this mission. They approached Lego and the company loved the idea. It saw the project as a way to promote children’s education and STEM programs.”
BTW, each figure cost roughly $5000 to produce. What an awesome set of minifigs though? The Greek/Roman gods or historical scientists. Either one would work for me.