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Lego to launch 'Women of NASA' figures including 'Hidden Figures' Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

March 1, 2017 7:03 PM
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Five pioneering women who played key roles in some of NASA's greatest achievements are now set to be immortalized as Lego figures.

Lego has revealed they've chosen the Women of NASA fan design to move forward into production, featuring five women who had a significant impact on the space program.

The set, chosen in part for its 'inspirational value,' includes Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, and Margaret Hamilton, who developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo mission.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: Roman was one of the first female executives at NASA, and is known as the 'Mother of Hubble.' She helped plan the Hubble Space Telescope, and developed NASA's astronomy research program.

The Women of NASA designs were submitted to Lego Ideas by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock.

'Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the US space program, aka NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,' Weinstock wrote in the proposal.

So, the project aims to celebrate those who had a big impact in the history of space exploration.

Weinstock's set includes computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician and space scientist Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride – the first American woman in space – astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and astronaut Mae Jemison.

Katherine Johnson, whose story was detailed in the recent book and film Hidden Figures, calculated and verified the trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs.

Johnson played a critical role in the Apollo 11 mission, which put humans on the moon.

Nancy Grace Roman, or the 'Mother of Hubble,' helped plan the Hubble Space Telescope, and developed NASA's astronomy research program.

Sally Ride and Mae Jemison were both known for their success as astronauts, being the first American woman in space, and the first African-American woman in space, respectively.

They're still working on the final product designs, as well as pricing.

The set designed by Weinstock also includes a desktop frame that displays the five figurines, and vignettes of famous moments in their history, from the massive pile of code that landed astronauts on the moon, to a tiny Hubble Space Telescope.


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