'Women of NASA' Lego's Set Coming Nov. 1

Lucy Bush
October 19, 2017

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and scientist whose story is told in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, was originally slated to appear in the Lego set, too. You can also launch the International Space Station with Sally Ride, the first woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the world's first woman of colour in space. It's no surprise, then, that the set was the brainchild of the brilliant Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT News, or that Lego hopes the set will not only serve as a way to laud the many, many accomplishments of women in the science and engineering fields but also encourage young women to consider careers in STEM in general. Included are Margaret Hamilton (the computer scientist that led the team that developed the software for Skylab and the Apollo missions), Sally Ride (the first American woman in space), Mae Jemison (the first black woman in space, and Star Trek: TNG star), and Nancy Roman (aka the "Mother of Hubble").

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MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock proposed the idea on the company's Ideas platform a year ago, which quickly garnered the support of a minimum of 10,000 signatures necessary to get the project approved by LEGO.

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LEGO designers Designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges jumped at the opportunity and designed Maia's model into an official LEGO set. Lego says the set will be available for order starting on November 1st, but if you happen to be in NY on October 28th, the Flatiron District Lego Store will have them available early, and Weinstock will be present for a fan signing. Perhaps this is just the first wave of a series of women in science that Lego will be celebrating, and Johnson may be added to a future set - but, we'll have to wait and see. Each kit will retail for $24.99 beginning November 1. "With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history".

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The 231-piece set will be on sale on 1 November in the USA, with a recommended selling price of $24.99.

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