Lego reveals its Women of NASA series, but 'hidden figure' missing

Trevor Jackson
October 20, 2017

Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who is one of the trail-blazing women featured in the set, is now 81 years old.

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

The collection is an initiative that will help young children learn about some of the most influential women involved in the world of space travel, including NASA pioneers Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, Katherine Johnson and Mae Jemison.

Hopefully this set will be the beginning of more STEM-inspired LEGO sets that celebrate the advancement of women. The new set was dreamed up by science editor, writer and fan designer Maia Weinstock.

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LEGO was really shooting for the stars with these incredible sets that will be available for purchase on November 1st. The astronauts - Jemison, who went into space in 1992, and Ride in 1983 - will each come with space shuttles with removable rocket boosters and orange fuel tanks.

Lego is honoring the women of the film Hidden Figures while releasing its latest product created to foster interest in STEM careers.

According to Lego, the set was meant to include mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations made the Mercury and Apollo missions possible, but Johnson chose not to take part.

"In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work", said Weinstock in a statement to USA Today. Once the set was up-voted a requisite number of times by LEGO Ideas community members, it was examined and scrutinized by LEGO proper. The final designs were done by Lego designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson. Roman's includes a posable Hubble Space Telescope and Hamilton's includes a stack of books representing the software code for the Apollo Guidance Computer. It also comes with miniature vignettes depicting moments in NASA history that these wonderful women made possible.

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