Recognising the critical roles women have played throughout the history of the U.S. space programme, the proposal was originally submitted to the Lego Ideas site by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock. In the original proposal, five NASA women were included but the set include just four, as Katherine Johnson chose not to be part of the set.
This week the folks at LEGO presented the final version of what'll be one of the most awesome Minifigure-centric sets in history. "For the vignettes, I wanted to contextualize each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history".
There's a new LEGO set scheduled for release this November and this one features four women who helped make NASA what it is today.
For those in New York City, you can get your hands on a set as early as October 28, when Maia Weinstock will be visiting the company's Flatiron District store to meet and greet fans. Rounding out the list is Nancy Grace Roman, who helped bring the vision of the Hubble Space Telescope to life.
"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. The women each come with pieces for a small platform and structures that represent the work they did with NASA.
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However, for those who have been tracking the progress of the set, the set was originally to have mathematician Katherine Johnson - featured in the film Hidden Figures - but was not able to be included.
"Build your own telescope" with Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, who was best known for her work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
"In order for us to move forward with a partner we need to obtain approval from all key people", a Lego representative told Gizmodo, "which was not possible in this case".
Lego is honoring the women of the film Hidden Figures while releasing its latest product created to foster interest in STEM careers.