Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Lego is creating a 'Women of Nasa' set with female astronauts

'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Katherine Johnson Is Now Part of a Lego Set We Have Liftoff: Lego Set Honoring Women Of NASA Will Land On A Shelf Near You
Garry Little | 05 March, 2017, 00:25

Lego is still working on the final design and price for the "Women of NASA" set.

"We're really excited to be able to introduce Maia's Women of NASA set for its inspirational value as well as build and play experience", a Lego Ideas post states. "In particular those who've made a big impact through their work at NASA", said Lego.

The Women of NASA set was created by Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT News in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Though the set has a long way to go before it reaches the 10,000 votes needed to undergo review, the folks at Lego Ideas labeled the idea a Staff Pick.

LEGO still has to finalize the design before the set can be sold.

According to the company's blog, the LEGO Women of NASA set is still in the process of finalizing the winning selection, so the toymaker advises fans to stay tuned for more details about pricing and availability either late 2017 or early 2018.

Lego is to make a set of figures celebrating female astronauts, engineers and scientists at Nasa, including Katherine Johnson, who features in the Hollywood film Hidden Figures, and Sally Ride the first American woman in space.

The Danish toy company is launching a new set of figures for a brick-by-brick commemoration of five women who played pivotal roles in the history of the USA space program. While Weinstock started the Women of NASA minifig project before the film came out, she told NBC News that she's glad the film helped teach more people about Katherine Johnson's achievements.

This proposal - unrelated to Weinstock's proposal - imagines a rover big enough to carry all five of the upcoming NASA minifigures around on a mission to set up a viable moon base. The runner-up in the competition was a Voltron set, which the company says it may also produce.

This vignette of astronomer Nancy Grace Roman is part of "Women of NASA", a project in the LEGO Ideas contest.

Some other characters anticipated are Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. After retiring from NASA, Jemison has gone on to found and establish several companies and organizations that promote learning in technology and science. Now all we need is a LEGO Hidden Figures movie.

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