In "Lego Space: Building the Future," Peter Reid and Tim Goddard paint a picture of a fictional futuristic space civilization. Known as "The Federation," the society was created by the world's space agencies during "a time of global peace" and by "the greatest scientific minds of the age [working] together." The entire narrative is told through the presentation of Lego models built by Reid and Goddard.
In the book's narrative, space launches, like the one depicted here, became a familiar sight. The moon was used as a major base, and more and more equipment and personnel were transported there, and beyond.
In the real-life space history that precedes the beginning of the Federation, NASA's Curiosity rover, seen here in a Lego model, was made to investigate Mars' Gale Crater for signs of biological processes and changes in the Martian atmosphere.
In Reid and Goddard's story, Major Tom Golightly worked on Tranquility Base, doing "his best work on his own. A scientific prodigy, Golightly rose through the Federation's ranks, helping to create a number of the organization's teams. But there was one problem for exploration of space -- the distances were often too huge to go very far. Golightly had a solution: a machine that could travel faster than the speed of light. Here, Golightly tests out his machine.
Clearly, Reid and Goddard hope that readers will understand their futuristic vision of space by understanding the true history of stellar exploration. Among the heroes of space travel, of course, is astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human on the moon, whose first steps on the lunar surface were watched on television by an estimated 600 million people.