LEGO Will Make the Women of NASA LEGO Set a Real Product!

Sally Ride

The other women are Sally Ride, the first United States woman in space, Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Margaret Hamilton, who led the advancement of the flight software for the Apollo missions, and astronomer Nancy Roman, who helped plan the Hubble Space Telescope project. The others are computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison. The process lets fans create and vote on ideas for new LEGO sets.

Ride and Jemison, for example, are shown standing next to a Lego version of NASA's space shuttle, the vehicle that took both of them to outer space.

The set features different aspects of what these women accomplished like Roman posing with the Hubble Space Telescope - a project she helped develop.

The announcement comes following the crescendo of awards season buzz for Hidden Figures, a film documenting the work of black NASA scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson.

MIT News editor Maia Weinstock designed the set and lobbied for it to garner the 10,000 supporters required to be considered for production.

American science writer Maia Weinstock submitted her idea for the Nasa women set as part of the Lego Ideas competition through which people can propose designs for future products. She was also one of the first women executives at NASA.

Weinstock, who is now 39, told Lego in an interview that she played with the toys while growing up in the 1980s.

The Lego set hopes to educate and inspire young girls around the world to be the next trailblazers in maths and science.

The new characters and scenes for LEGO lovers to build and make their own were the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, a LEGO Ideas fan designer. She also "founded a community focusing on encouraging children particularly girls to practice science" after she retired.

NASA's Hubble account subsequently shared that the set would be available some time from late 2017 to early 2018 via Twitter.

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