A new "Women of NASA" Lego set will be available starting November 1, and astronaut Sally Ride will be included in the set, making her the first lesbian immortalized as one of the iconic brand's Minifigures.
"In all realms of science, engineering, and technology, pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work", Weinstock said in a press release, "We have also seen that when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas". Johnson helped to calculate and verify launch and landing trajectories for the Mercy and Apollo programs, featured in the film Hidden Figures. Hamilton's model stacks giant books of flight software, Roman comes with a miniature Hubble Space Telescope, and Jemison and Ride stand beside the Space Shuttle.
Lego has just given us our first look at its Women of NASA set - and it's the ideal celebration of some of America's trailblazing female scientists and astronauts. Called "Women of NASA", the new building set pays tribute to four of the most impactful women in the agency's history.
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The proposal bubbled up through a Lego program that solicits ideas for customized toy figures, and then turns some of the top ideas into actual play sets.
According to Gizmodo, Lego did not get approval from Johnson, who is now 99, to include her in the Lego set.
Hopefully this set will be the beginning of more STEM-inspired LEGO sets that celebrate the advancement of women.
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LEGO Design Manager Tara Wike said in a statement: "What they (the women of NASA) have achieved is truly inspiring to me, and I hope it will inspire children to make their dreams come true".
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.
Sally Ride has made history once again - as a Lego figurine.
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