'Women of NASA' Lego set available starting November 1st

'Women of NASA' Lego set available starting November 1st

Explore the universe with these NASA luminaries.

Like 2014's Research Institute, this set features miniature displays of women doing science. A new Lego Ideas Women of NASA set will highlight four of these pioneering scientists and their work with minifigure versions.

Lego said it would build the set in March, after science editor and writer Maia Weinstock pitched the idea through the Lego Ideas initiative, where the company fields ideas on future toy sets.

Astronomer Nancy Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride will all be a part of LEGO's Women of NASA set arriving in stores November 1.

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.

Lego's new "Women of NASA" sets come complete with replica space shuttles and telescopes for little feminist girls and boys. Johnson, though, made a decision to not participate in the final Lego set.

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Katherine Johnson, who was become a household name thanks to the book and movie Hidden Figures was also included in Weinstock's original pitch, but is apparently not included in the final set. A Lego spokeswoman says the company was not able to obtain approval from Johnson for the production minifigure set. United Kingdom pricing hasn't been revealed, but it will cost $30 and €30.



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