Lego Excludes Important 'Hidden Figure' From Women Of NASA Collection
Oct 19 2017
The latest in the world of LEGO's is a set of building blocks designed in honor of the 'Women of NASA'.
The "Women of NASA" Lego sets, announced by the company on Wednesday, will feature four prominent females who played major roles in the US space program's history: astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. Ride-the first woman to ever fly in space-and Jemison-the first black woman to travel to outer space-both come with a buildable spaceship. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures".
Lego'sWomen of NASA range gets lift-off on November 1 and will set you back $24.99 - around £20 based on the current exchange rate, but expect it to be closer to a like-for-like currency conversion, with United Kingdom pricing set closer to the £25 mark.
LEGO hopes the set hopes inspires more girls to go into STEM careers. Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software for NASA's Apollo missions, is also included.
"Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages".
Piece by piece, kids can follow the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA starting with the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the "Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman.
The idea was first proposed by Maia Weinstock, a deputy editor at MIT News, in 2016. However, Lego said Johnson chose not to participate. "Every detail was important and needed to match reality, since they represent real-life women".
"With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history", Weinstock said.
There'll also be a NYC-based event for this set featuring the original LEGO Ideas creator.