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Lego to release ‘Women of NASA’ set to honor female astronauts, scientists

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Lego unveiled on Wednesday a set of figures in honor of the women who have made great contributions to NASA, including astronauts and scientists.

The set will consist of over 200 pieces and will come to stores in November and features astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. Besides the figures of the women, the set also features models of objects related to them, such as the Hubble Telescope and space shuttles.

Ride was the first American women to travel to space, a feat she achieved in 1983, while Jemison became the first African American female in space in 1992. Hamilton headed the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory which developed the on-board software for the Apollo space program and Roman was responsible for the creation of the Hubble Space Telescope and is known as the “Mother of Hubble.”

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The idea for the set was submitted earlier this year by MIT employee Maia Weinstock and besides the four women it will feature, also included Katherine Johnson, the mathematician and NASA researcher whose story was told in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. However, Lego noted it had to exclude her as it didn’t manage to “obtain approval from all key people” to feature 99-year-old Johnson.

“In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work,” Weinstock said. “With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history. My dream would be to know that the first human on Mars — or an engineer or computer scientist who helped her get there — played with the LEGO Women of NASA as a child and was inspired to pursue a STEM career as a result,” she added.

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