LEGO is turning four iconic women of NASA into minifigures

LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA unveiled [News]

The Women of NASA set was dreamed up by science writer Maia Weinstock, and garnered more than 10,000 votes on the Lego Ideas site, earning it automatic consideration by the company.

Lego was unable to obtain the necessary approval to include African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson in its new collection celebrating women of NASA.

The set retails for $24.99 and goes on sale November 1. "But my overall vision is still very much alive with Lego's final design, and the builds have been beautifully enhanced thanks to the creative team in Billund - where, I might add, the lead designers on this project were all women!"

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"Great for role playing space exploration missions". Their LEGO characters come with a launch pad and a model of the Challenger space shuttle, with three removable rocket stages.

"In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work", Weinstock said in a press release, "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".

The idea was first proposed by Maia Weinstock, a deputy editor at MIT News, in 2016. And today, Lego has finally taken the wraps off what the finished set will look like. "Every detail was important and needed to match reality, since they represent real-life women". Hamilton's model stacks giant books of flight software, Roman comes with a miniature Hubble Space Telescope, and Jemison and Ride stand beside the Space Shuttle.

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MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock proposed the idea on the company's Ideas platform previous year, which quickly garnered the support of a minimum of 10,000 signatures necessary to get the project approved by LEGO.

The original concept set included Katherine Johnson.

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