Lego to release female NASA scientists figurines

A Lego set of five female NASA scientists, astronauts and engineers, including Hidden Figures’ Katherine Johnson has won a Lego Ideas contest to go into production.
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The announcement comes after the stories of black NASA scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were told in the acclaimed Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, of which Katherine Johnson is part of the set.

The others include; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut and physician Mae Jemison; and physicist and educator Sally Ride.

The creator of the set was Maia Weinstock, an American science writer, who submitted the idea after it gained 10,000 votes of support from the public. She said it was ‘a dream come true’.

Lego Ideas spokeswoman Lise Dydensborg commented on the result in a video, saying Lego chose the Women of Nasa set because of its inspirational value. She said:

“As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration as well as the history of women in science and engineering, Maia Weinstock’s Women of Nasa project was a way for her to celebrate accomplished women in the Stem professions. In particular those who’ve made a big impact through their work at Nasa.”

The competitions take place twice a year, with the suggestions that gain 10,000 votes becoming optioned for production.

Pricing and availability for the Women in NASA set have not yet been announced, according to Lego.

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