'Women of NASA' get their own Lego set

Lego Ideas Lego announced on Wednesday that it's releasing a

The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas platform a year ago, and quickly made its way to the 10,000 mark needed for official project approval by Lego. Astronomer Nancy Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride will all be a part of LEGO's Women of NASA set arriving in stores November 1.

Most of Lego's most popular toy sets focus firmly on fantastical worlds that have nothing to do with reality - like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Minecraft - but today the company announced the launch date for a much more real, but equally awesome set. The original pitch also included mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated trajectories for Apollo 11, the space shuttle programme, and a mission to Mars.

Lego's Women of NASA range gets lift-off on November 1 and will set you back $24.99 - around £20 based on the current exchange rate, but expect it to be closer to a like-for-like currency conversion, with United Kingdom pricing set closer to the £25 mark. She submitted her idea to the company's Lego Ideas community site, where people enter and vote on ideas, in July of 2016. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures".




The set will go for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and will be available just in time for the holiday season for anyone looking to inspire the LEGO-lover in their life. "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 set, which is comprised of 231 pieces, includes miniaturized versions of the Hubble, Space Shuttle, and various tools and instruments, and includes nameplates of all of the women. This is the LEGO Ideas "Women of NASA LEGO set".

"I was extremely excited about working on this one, especially as I had already heard of it and really wanted it to become a set", said Lego designer Gemma Anderson.

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