LEGO Celebrates Women of NASA With Latest Build Set

Lego Ideas Lego announced on Wednesday that it's releasing a

Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom award victor who inspired the Oscar-nominated film, "Hidden Figures", was not made into a Lego, as Gizmodo reported. The Ride and Jemison figurines are both dressed in their uniforms from their first launch, and the set includes a model of a space shuttle with a removable booster tank.

Sally Ride was the first woman in space. It's no surprise, then, that the set was the brainchild of the brilliant Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT News, or that Lego hopes the set will not only serve as a way to laud the many, many accomplishments of women in the science and engineering fields but also encourage young women to consider careers in STEM in general. Astronomer Nancy Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride will all be a part of LEGO's Women of NASA set arriving in stores November 1.

The latest in the world of LEGO's is a set of building blocks designed in honor of the 'Women of NASA'. "But my overall vision is still very much alive with Lego's final design, and the builds have been beautifully enhanced thanks to the creative team in Billund - where, I might add, the lead designers on this project were all women!" Once approved, LEGO designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson set to work creating final iterations. "We naturally fully respect this decision".

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Recognising the critical roles women have played throughout the history of the United States space programme, the proposal was originally submitted to the Lego Ideas site by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock.

Hamilton developed onboard software for the Apollo missions with NASA during the 60s. She submitted her idea to the company's Lego Ideas community site, where people enter and vote on ideas, in July of 2016.

Seven and a half months after its selection, Lego unveiled a set of minifigures celebrating NASA women researchers and explorers, due to go on sale just in time for the holiday season.

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