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May 1, 2017 Fan-designed LEGO set honours the women of NASA

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.

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Sally Ride and Mae Jamison are just two of NASA’s historical women to be featured in the set

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.

The full line-up of female NASA pioneers to be immortalized by LEGO

The full line-up of female NASA pioneers to be immortalized by LEGO

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.

mae jamison has now established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences

Mae Jemison has now established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences

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.

katherine johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the mercury and apollo programs

Katherine Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs

margaret hamilton worked at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s

Margaret Hamilton worked at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s

LEGO mai jemison and sally ride with the mini space shuttle

LEGO Mai Jemison and Sally Ride with the mini space shuttle

nancy grace roman is known to many as the ‘mother of hubble” for her role in planning the hubble space telescope

Nancy Grace Roman is known to many as the ‘mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble space telescope

the figurines are based on real photographs of the women they represent

The figurines are based on real photographs of the women they represent

margaret hamilton pictured in comparison with her LEGO replica

Margaret Hamilton pictured in comparison with her LEGO replica

Beatrice Murray-Nag
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