LEGO Will Honor Women of NASA in Newest Set

"Thank you to everyone who has supported and cheered for this celebration of all the women who have contributed to NASA History!"

- Mathematician Katherine Johnson, one of NASA's "Hidden Figures", will be honored with her own LEGO minifigure, as part of a new toy set celebrating the space agency's pioneering women. But today, Lego revealed that it has officially given Weinstock's creation, which includes a desktop frame for displaying the five minifigures and various NASA-themed mini vignettes, the thumbs up for production.

Maia Weinstock, a science editor and writer who pitched the idea for the set and designed it, wrote on her Lego submission page that she wanted to honor women in NASA because "in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated".

Margaret Hamilton, Computer Scientist: "developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon" and "is known for popularizing the modern concept of software". Sally Ride was a physicist who eventually became the first American woman in space back in 1983. Twelve ideas received the required 10,000 votes for consideration. Katherine Johnson poses with a pencil and other technology - key tools to calculate information for the Mercury and Apollo programs.

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.

LEGO is still working on the final product design, pricing and availability but the set is expected to be released in late 2017 or early 2018. (Maia Weinstock Photo) This fan-generated Lego scene features Nancy Grace Roman as well as a scaled-down Hubble Space Telescope.

  • Carolyn Briggs