Lego's Women of NASA set rockets into reality

18 October, 2017, 19:55 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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Like 2014's Research Institute, this set features miniature displays of women doing science.

The concept of the "Women of NASA" sets was thought up by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock.

The "Women of NASA" Lego sets, announced by the company on Wednesday, will feature four prominent females who played major roles in the US space program's history: astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. 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.

LEGO this fall is bringing four iconic women of NASA to store shelves, just in time for the holidays.

Keen-eyed readers will immediately notice one significant change from the initial LEGO Ideas submission: Katherine Johnson, an early NASA "human computer" and subject of the hit film "Hidden Figures, " is not included in the final set with her model of an early data center.

They include Nancy Grace Roman, an astronomer who helped develop the Hubble Space Telescope; Margaret Hamilton, a computer scientist who led development of onboard flight software for Apollo missions; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. The final designs were done by Lego designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson. "With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history".

Again, the Women of NASA set is on sale starting November 1, and will retail for $24.99.

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