Perhaps this is just the first wave of a series of women in science that Lego will be celebrating, and Johnson may be added to a future set – but, we’ll have to wait and see.
Based on a suggestion from a fan, the set features Ride, astronaut Mae Jemison (the first African-American woman in space), astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, as well as accessories that showcase their contributions throughout five decades of the US space agency’s history.
“Develop software for space missions” with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who was director of the laboratory that developed flight software for the Apollo space program. Johnson helped to calculate and verify launch and landing trajectories for the Mercy and Apollo programs, featured in the film Hidden Figures.
The set, which is comprised of 231 pieces, includes miniaturized versions of the Hubble, Space Shuttle, and various tools and instruments, and includes nameplates of all of the women. 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.
This Women of NASA LEGO set will be available to the public starting on November 1st, 2017.
Some of NASA’s most influential women have finally been immortalized in an iconic toy set.
“In all realms of science, engineering, and technology”, said Weinstock, “pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work”. Weinstock’s original proposal from July 2016 collected more than 10,000 votes in a Lego ideas contest. Once approved, LEGO designers Tara Wike and Gemma Anderson set to work creating final iterations. “Every detail was important and needed to match reality, since they represent real-life women”.
Collectors will also be able to build the projects that made these women famous.