Lego celebrates the women of NASA with new minifigs

Kristopher Drake
October 20, 2017

It will feature Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American women to travel in space.

A Lego set honoring the "Women of NASA" is ready for takeoff. Lego announced in February it would put the set into production. 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. Margaret Hamilton "led the team that developed the building blocks of software engineering - a term that she coined herself", according to NASA. LEGO designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges got on board to help transform the idea into an official set, which will launch November 1. Recently profiled in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, Johnson was a mathematician whose work helped make NASA's Mercury and Apollo missions possible. The astronauts - Jemison, who went into space in 1992, and Ride in 1983 - will each come with space shuttles with removable rocket boosters and orange fuel tanks. She submitted her idea to the company's Lego Ideas community site, where people enter and vote on ideas, in July of 2016.

"In all realms of science, engineering, and technology", said Weinstock, "pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work". She also tweeted that she hopes the set encourages more children to consider careers in STEM.

Wike added: "It was a great experience to give these awesome women their new Lego identity and a great honour to personally present Margaret Hamilton with her very own mini-figure. With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history". Roman's includes a posable Hubble Space Telescope and Hamilton's includes a stack of books representing the software code for the Apollo Guidance Computer.

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