Lego sets release date for Women of NASA sets


Astronomer Nancy Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride will all be a part of LEGO's Women of NASA set arriving in stores November 1.

From writing critical Apollo software to planning the Hubble Space Telescope, women have made their mark on NASA and expanded our understanding of the universe.

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Weinstock's proposed set also included famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, but in a statement to The Verge, the company said that "In order for us to move forward with a partner we need to obtain approval from all key people which was not possible in this case. 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", said Weinstock. 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.

Some of NASA's most influential women have finally been immortalized in an iconic toy set. Fan designer Maia Weinstock will be at the LEGO Store on New York City on October 28 to sign copies of the set ahead of its wide release on November 1.

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Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison.

The model, similar to LEGO Ideas 21110 Research Institute, includes four minifigures based on real-life NASA pioneers: astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman; computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton; astronaut, physicist, and entrepreneur Sally Ride; and astronaut, physician, and engineer Mae Jemison.

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You can buy the other four NASA icons for $24.99.