LEGO has officially given the go-ahead to a fan-designed series, featuring the women who have played an integral role in NASA’s history.
The celebratory set is the brainchild of space editor and writer Maya Weinstock, who submitted the design to the LEGO ideas blog last year.
After successfully gaining 10,000 supporting votes from users, the project became eligible for a review by LEGO officials, who gave the set—which will include a microscale Hubble space telescope and display—the green light.
The collection will celebrate five notable female NASA pioneers and is intended to provide an educational building experience to help children and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM.
The release of the set comes shortly after the Academy Award nomination of ‘Hidden Figures’—a film documenting the underexposed stories of black NASA scientists including Katherine Johnson.
Johnson will be honoured in the LEGO set, alongside MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the Moon.
Also featured are astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in 1983, and NASA’s better-known ‘mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman.
The fifth figure will honour Mae Jemison, who became the first African-American woman in space in 1992.
Alongside the LEGO models, the set will come with vignettes depicting a famous photo of the reams of code that landed astronauts on the Moon in 1969, instruments used to calculate and verify trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions, and a mini space shuttle complete with external tank and solid rocket boosters.