Lego Honors Sally Ride and Other 'Women of NASA'

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The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas platform previous year, and quickly made its way to the 10,000 mark needed for official project approval by Lego.

According to a press release issued today on Space.com, Women of NASA will feature four predominant women in space exploration history, including astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and three LEGO builds which recreate the settings in which these women worked - and made their mark on space history.

The move makes sense as it promotes the role of women in the workplace, and it gives young girls a slate of new heroes to choose from that can hopefully inspire them and let them know that there's nothing they can't do.

"In all realms of science, engineering, and technology", said Weinstock, "pioneering women have historically been underappreciated for their often groundbreaking work".

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. If you are in the NYC area the set will be available at the Flatiron District LEGO Store on October 28, 2017. The company had previously released a set called "Research Institute" through the Lego Ideas program.

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The LEGO Ideas team has just announced the next set in the fan inspired series, 21312 Women of NASA.

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.

This isn't the first time Lego has put together a set celebrating female scientists and engineers. "I wanted to contextualise each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history".

"Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages".

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