LEGO launches Women of NASA set

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

Lego has announced a 231-piece Lego set of figures representing historical female figures who have worked for NASA. Roman, nicknamed the "Mother of Hubble" for getting the telescope into orbit, is paired with it in her 1959 likeness, and a 1969-era Hamilton, who led the development of the software necessary to launch the Apollo moon missions, is accompanied by a chalkboard and stack of books. The primarily minifigure set has 231 pieces, and will retail for $24.99 United States dollars.

The set also includes a booklet about the four featured women of NASA, the fan creator, and the professional LEGO designers who collaborated on the set.

"I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history", said Weinstock, deputy editor of "MIT News" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

LEGO this fall is bringing four iconic women of NASA to store shelves, just in time for the holidays.

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The Women of NASA collection takes its cues from Weinstock's original designs but refines the ideas with more detailed models.

The set will hit stores November 1 across the USA for $25, according to a Lego press release. She originally presented the idea on the LEGO Ideas crowdsourcing platform and after a voting period it eventually came to be an official set.

Equally pleased with the outcome was Lego designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges who refined the models designed by Weinstock. However, according to the press release, Johnson "chose not to be part of the set". A Lego spokeswoman says the company was not able to obtain approval from Johnson for the production minifigure set. Ride and Jemison share one next to the space shuttle Challenger, which has removable rocket stages. "We naturally fully respect this decision". It also comes with miniature vignettes depicting moments in NASA history that these wonderful women made possible.

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