Lego celebrates the women of NASA with new minifigs

Enlarge Image Explore the universe with these NASA luminaries.                  Lego

Enlarge Image Explore the universe with these NASA luminaries. Lego

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and scientist whose story is told in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, was originally slated to appear in the Lego set, too.

The new set plays homage to astronauts Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to fly to orbit.

The set, which is comprised of 231 pieces, includes miniaturized versions of the Hubble, Space Shuttle, and various tools and instruments, and includes nameplates of all of the women.

According to a press release issued today on Space.com, Women of NASA will feature four predominant women in space exploration history, including astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and three LEGO builds which recreate the settings in which these women worked - and made their mark on space history. The company had previously released a set called "Research Institute" through the Lego Ideas program.


Lego's new "Women of NASA" sets come complete with replica space shuttles and telescopes for little feminist girls and boys.

"I thought people might like to build their own display featuring minifigures of accomplished women in the STEM professions", said science writer Maia Weinstock, who came up with the concept. Weinstock's original proposal from July 2016 collected more than 10,000 votes in a Lego ideas contest.

The 231+ piece set will be released on November 1, but Weinstock will be at the LEGO store in New York City on October 28 signing sets before the worldwide release. "For the vignettes, I wanted to contextualize each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history". Roman, nicknamed the "Mother of Hubble" for getting the telescope into orbit, is paired with it in her 1959 likeness, and a 1969-era Hamilton, who led the development of the software necessary to launch the Apollo moon missions, is accompanied by a chalkboard and stack of books. The final designs were done by Lego designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson.

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