Lego Blasts Off Honoring the Women of NASA


Lego revealed their latest building set and it honors the women of NASA.  The set honors five women of NASA in particular.   The women are computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronaut Sally Ride, astronomer and executive Nancy Grace Roman and astronaut Mae Jemison.

The set was part of the LEGO Ideas competition and was revealed as the winner this week.  The idea was proposed last year by Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT News. 

“Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program,” Weinstock wrote in a description of the set.  She goes on by saying, ““… yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM),”

Lego aims to correct that when the new set of released towards of 2017.

Lego still has so things to work out with Weinstock so they can make her dream a reality.  Right now, the unofficial art for the set shows the five pioneers in various settings based on their real-life NASA accomplishments. Ride and Jemison, for example, are shown standing next to a Lego version of NASA’s space shuttle, the vehicle that took both of them to outer space.

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