Lego Announces 'Women of NASA' Set with Astronaut and Scientist Minifigures

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 9:40PM
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 9:40PM
Lego Announces 'Women of NASA' Set with Astronaut and Scientist Minifigures
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After the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures shined a light on mathematician Katherine Johnson (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson) and other female scientists who helped NASA reach the moon in the 1960s, a newly announced Lego set will honor even more legendary women of NASA.

The set was conceived by science writer Maia Weinstock, who submitted her idea to Lego Ideas, a website where fans pitch ideas to the toy company for consideration as official sets. After reaching the necessary amount of supporters for Lego to officially review it, the company loved what they saw, and will produce an official "Women of NASA" set later this year. In addition to Katherine Johnson, the set will also feature MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman (who planned the Hubble Space Telescope), and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. 

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Weinstock wrote in her proposal that the set would allow both kids and adult Lego fans to learn about STEM pioneers who've gone unrecognized: 
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"Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program. Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated - especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This proposed set celebrates five notable NASA pioneers and provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM."
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While the Lego set is subject to some changes by the company before it hits stores, the proposal includes the five minifigures, a frame for display, various scientific instruments used in the Mercury and Apollo space missions, a mini Hubble Telescope, and a mini space shuttle. The "Women of NASA" Lego set should come out late 2017 or early 2018.

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