LEGO unveils new Women of NASA building set


Four pioneering women from Apollo to the space shuttle have been transformed into play sets.

The concept of the "Women of NASA" sets was thought up by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock.

Lego's Women of NASA set complete with four figures consisting of influential women from the USA space agency's past will officially launch on November 1. "We have also seen that when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas".

Some of NASA's most influential women have finally been immortalized in an iconic toy set. 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.

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The featured women are astronomer Nancy G. Roman, who helped make the Hubble Space Telescope a reality; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed the flight software for the Apollo moon missions; astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; and physician Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. Johnson, though, chose to not participate in the final Lego set. Tara Wike got to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to present the final Minifigure designs to Maia Weinstock and Margaret Hamilton, who is one of the scientists immortalized in LEGO shape.

Again, the Women of NASA set is on sale starting November 1, and will retail for $24.99.

"With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history", Weinstock said.