June 19, 2018

Lego sets release date for Women of NASA sets

20 October 2017, 01:02 | Francis Delgado

Enlarge Image Explore the universe with these NASA luminaries. Lego

Enlarge Image Explore the universe with these NASA luminaries.                  Lego

Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software for NASA's Apollo missions, is also included.

Last year, science writer Maia Weinstock submitted a proposal to Lego to create figurines honoring influential women of NASA and space exploration, which is now being turned into a reality.

Lego's new "Women of NASA" sets come complete with replica space shuttles and telescopes for little feminist girls and boys. Once the set was up-voted a requisite number of times by LEGO Ideas community members, it was examined and scrutinized by LEGO proper.

Piece by piece, kids can follow the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA starting with the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the "Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman. It comes from the awesome mind of fan designer Maia Weinstock who presented her idea to LEGO Ideas under the headline "Ladies rock outer space"!

Lego has just given us our first look at its Women of NASA set - and it's the flawless celebration of some of America's trailblazing female scientists and astronauts.

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"I thought people might like to build their own display featuring minifigures of accomplished women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions", she said.

The set was designed by Lego's Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges, and sticks close to Weinstein's original vision.

Obviously missing from the sets is mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose approval was not supplied to LEGO in order to have her included. "We naturally fully respect this decision".

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

If the success of LEGO Ideas 21110 Research Institute is any indicator, we predict that 21312 Women of NASA will be incredibly popular as well. Just like Sally Ride and Margaret Hamilton, their futures hold no bounds.

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