LEGO is turning four iconic women of NASA into minifigures

LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA unveiled [News]

Lego's Women of NASA set rockets into reality

That set was designed by geoscientist Dr. Ellen Kooijman and received praise for placing women in professional STEM roles, something that is still regrettably rare in most other Lego sets.

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

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

Hopefully this set will be the beginning of more STEM-inspired LEGO sets that celebrate the advancement of women.

"With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history", Weinstock said.

The toy company just announced they will be releasing new toy sets that feature famous females at NASA to honor the women in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

" Launch the space shutter" with astronauts Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in the world in space. The new set was dreamed up by science editor, writer and fan designer Maia Weinstock. Hamilton, the computer scientist responsible for developing software for space missions, comes with her own science lab and books reminiscent of the Apollo Guidance Computer.

The original model by Weinstock included Johnson, but according to LEGO, Johnson chose not to be part of the set. A LEGO representative told Gizmodo the company wasn't able to "obtain approval from all key people" to include Johnson in the set. "It was handsome to hear some of the stories behind the scenes, like how Sally's name tag was changed from "Sally Ride" to just "Sally" at her own request".

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