New LEGO Set To Feature Female NASA Pioneers

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Lego is set to roll out its minifigure sets to honor the Women of NASA.

The set will hit stores November 1 across the USA for $25, according to a Lego press release.

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

LEGO announced by Facebook on Wednesday that the Women of NASA set, started by the LEGO Ideas where fans can submit set designs for the company to make and sell, will have 231 pieces and be best for those ages 10 and up. Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who calculated the trajectory for the first American in space, chose not to be part of the set.

Ride and Jemison's Lego home is a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger with three removable rocket stages.

Katherine Johnson was originally supposed to be included in the Women of NASA set.

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One of the sets features Nancy G. Roman, an American astronomer who was one of the first executives at NASA. Once the set was up-voted a requisite number of times by LEGO Ideas community members, it was examined and scrutinized by LEGO proper.

"I thought people might like to build their own display featuring minifigures of accomplished women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions", she said.

"Weinstock said in a statement, "...when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas.

Wike added: "It was a great experience to give these unbelievable women their new Lego identity and a great honour to personally present Margaret Hamilton with her very own mini-figure".

"For the vignettes, I wanted to contextualise each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history".

"Develop software for space missions" with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who was director of the laboratory that developed flight software for the Apollo space program.

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