NASA's women space pioneers inspire new Lego set

Nancy Grace Roman, also known as the "Mother of Hubble", was an astronomer and NASA executive who played a key role in planning and making the Hubble Space Telescope a success.

The Women of Nasa Lego set is also perfectly timed to capture the buzz surrounding the film Hidden Figures, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress at last Sunday's Academy Awards.

The Danish toy company is launching a new set of figures for a brick-by-brick commemoration of five women who played pivotal roles in the history of the U.S. space program.

Mae Jemison, a doctor who served in the Peace Corps and became the first African-American woman in space in 1992.

Sally Ride - Astronaut, Physicist, and Professor who became "the first American woman who reach outer space in 1983".

LEGO is now working to finalize the set and lay out pricing and release plans. At least it's not another all-women remake of one of your favourite childhood films'.

Lego came under fire in 2014 after seven-year-old Charlotte Benjamin criticized the company's lack of professional female figures in a widely-shared letter. The company says it hopes the toys will help inspire young girls to look consider careers in STEM, science, technology, engineering and math. There's no reason to believe the timing is anything other than a coincidence, but Katherine Johnson's inclusion as a figure in the Lego set does mean she's enjoying mainstream recognition for her work decades ago.

The Lego Ideas competition takes place twice a year with fans submitting designs.

Lego previously delved into the world of NASA with the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover set, which is now retired.

While the final design is yet to be confirmed, Dydensborg said the company would share further details on the product, sale date and price closer to to when it is ready for launch.

In an email to The Washington Post, Weinstock wrote that this was not the first time she had offered a project for the Lego Ideas contest.

  • Rogelio Becker