LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA unveiled [News]


Today (Oct. 17), Lego announced that it would start selling its "Women of NASA" collection on Oct. 28 in NY and November 1 globally.

The set contains four different figures: Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space.

Sally Ride has made history once again - as a Lego figurine.

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who worked for NASA from 1953 to 1986 and was the lead inspiration for the the book and movie "Hidden Figures", will not be featured in the "Women of NASA" set.

The LEGO Store in New York City will host a special signing event ahead of the release of LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA. Four pioneering women from Apollo to the space shuttle have been transformed into play sets.

As a part of LEGO Ideas, this set was first proposed to the public earlier this year by Weinstock.

Hamilton developed onboard software for the Apollo missions with NASA during the 60s. And today, Lego has finally taken the wraps off what the finished set will look like.

"In order for us to move forward with a partner we need to obtain approval from all key people, which was not possible in this case", the company said in a statement cited by Gizmodo and The Verge.

Ride was the first American woman in space, while Grace Roman helped plan and create the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, while also promoting the agency's astronomy research program. "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", said Weinstock. "Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the Lego Ideas Women of NASA set", Lego stated in a Wednesday press release.

The original concept set included Katherine Johnson.