Lego's official 'Women of NASA' set goes on sale November 1

Posted October 19, 2017

This is the LEGO Ideas "Women of NASA LEGO set".

Four of the most incredible and pioneering women of Nasa are being celebrated with their very own Lego sets, the toy company has revealed today.

Female NASA pioneers Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman and Mae Jemison in Lego form. Roman, an astronomer who's considered the Mother of Hubble for her work in building the Hubble Space Telescope, comes with the Hubble telescope and a projected photo of planetary nebula.

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MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock proposed the idea on the company's Ideas platform past year, which quickly garnered the support of a minimum of 10,000 signatures necessary to get the project approved by LEGO. Included in the package are a Hubble Space Telescope, an Apollo Guidance Computer, and the Space Shuttle Challenger - all iconic images of the glory days of the historic NASA program. Once approved, LEGO designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson set to work creating final iterations.

This isn't the first time Lego has put together a set celebrating female scientists and engineers.

This Women of NASA LEGO set will be available to the public starting on November 1st, 2017.

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LEGO hopes the set hopes inspires more girls to go into STEM careers.

Keen-eyed readers will immediately notice one significant change from the initial LEGO Ideas submission: Katherine Johnson, an early NASA "human computer" and subject of the hit film "Hidden Figures, " is not included in the final set with her model of an early data center. A miniature version of Hamilton's workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured. "For the vignettes, I wanted to contextualize each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history", Weinstock said in a statement.

"It was a great experience to give these fantastic women their new LEGO identity and a great honor to personally present Margaret Hamilton with her very own Minifigure", added LEGO Design Manager Tara Wike.

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