Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Here's your first look at Lego's official Women of NASA set

Here's your first look at Lego's official Women of NASA set

When science editor and writer Maia Weinstock put up her idea combining three of her personal passions: space exploration, the history of women in science and engineering, and LEGO building, she reached over 10,000 supporters-and it caught the attention of the LEGO team.

Lego's "Women of NASA" set of minifigures includes Margaret Hamilton, Nancy Grace Roman, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison - but not Katherine Johnson, who was featured in "Hidden Figures". The 231-piece set also includes a Hubble Space Telescope - in minature, at least.

Weinstock included Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who inspired the book and film Hidden Figures, as part of the original proposal; but Lego could not obtain approval for Johnson's figurine.

Ride was the first American woman in space, while Grace Roman helped plan and create the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, while also promoting the agency's astronomy research program.

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The sets will go on sale November 1.

"Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the USA space program". It comes from the awesome mind of fan designer Maia Weinstock who presented her idea to LEGO Ideas under the headline "Ladies rock outer space"!

"I was extremely excited about working on this one, especially as I had already heard of it and really wanted it to become a set", said Lego designer Gemma Anderson. "We naturally fully respect this decision".

"Weinstock tweeted on Wednesday that she's extremely proud to know the final product will help children and adults learn about some of the pioneering scientists and engineers who helped make the US space program what it is today".

The set will go for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and will be available just in time for the holiday season for anyone looking to inspire the LEGO-lover in their life.

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