Lego Excludes Important 'Hidden Figure' From Women Of NASA Collection

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Along with Ride, it includes tiny representations of NASA astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space.

The project was first proposed by an MIT News deputy editor, Maia Weinstock, who submitted her proposal to LEGO Ideas, a community portal that gathers ideas from all over the world for future products.

A few more images of the set are below, and be sure to pick one up for yourself in November - there's truly no better way to unwind than with the combination of female empowerment and a good ol' Lego set.

Equally pleased with the outcome was Lego designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges who refined the models designed by Weinstock. 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.

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The set is the brainchild of science author and Maia Weinstock who pitched the idea as part the Lego Ideas website that lets fan create Lego sets that are then voted on by the public before being considered for production. Recently profiled in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, Johnson was a mathematician whose work helped make NASA's Mercury and Apollo missions possible.

The new range will feature four pioneering women of the American space agency.

Each Lego figurine will include 231 pieces that link each woman to her NASA contribution. "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".

“It was a great experience to give these unbelievable women their new LEGO identity and a great honor to personally present Margaret Hamilton with her very own Minifigure, ” said LEGO Design Manager Tara Wike. It also comes with miniature vignettes depicting moments in NASA history that these wonderful women made possible.

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