LEGO Women of NASA won't be hitting stores until November 1, but according to LEGO's press release, New York-area fans will be able to purchase the set on October 28, as Maia Weinstock will be hosting a signing event at the Flatiron District LEGO Store. Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive role at NASA, and was instrumental in planning the Hubble Telescope.
When science editor and writer Maia Weinstock put up her idea combining three of her personal passions: space exploration, the history of women in science and engineering, and LEGO building, she reached over 10,000 supporters-and it caught the attention of the LEGO team. The primarily minifigure set has 231 pieces, and will retail for $24.99 United States dollars.More news: European Union imposes oil embargo on North Korea in symbolic gesture
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"With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history", said Weinstock. Perhaps this is just the first wave of a series of women in science that Lego will be celebrating, and Johnson may be added to a future set - but, we'll have to wait and see. The last features Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space and Sally Ride who was the very first woman in space. Rounding out the list is Nancy Grace Roman, who helped bring the vision of the Hubble Space Telescope to life. The women each come with pieces for a small platform and structures that represent the work they did with NASA. Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom award victor who inspired the Oscar-nominated film, "Hidden Figures", was not made into a Lego, as Gizmodo reported.
"In order for us to move forward with a partner we need to obtain approval from all key people, which was not possible in this case", it said. "It was handsome to hear some of the stories behind the scenes, like how Sally's name tag was changed from "Sally Ride" to just "Sally" at her own request".