Lego Ideas' Women of NASA Set Arrives on 1st November

By Tom Pritchard on at

Lego Ideas might have already announced two new sets back in August, but clearly that wasn't enough. It's announced a brand new set in the form of Women of NASA, set to arrive on 1st November.

Like 2014's Research Institute, this set features miniature displays of women doing science. The only difference being that these women are based on real people, and the science they do is for NASA. Included are Margaret Hamilton (the computer scientist that led the team that developed the software for Skylab and the Apollo missions), Sally Ride (the first American woman in space), Mae Jemison (the first black woman in space, and Star Trek: TNG star), and Nancy Roman (aka the 'Mother of Hubble').

The set includes Roman standing with a posable miniature of the Hubble Space Telescope and a picture of a planetary nebula, Hamilton with a stack of books that represent the Apollo Guidance Computer flight software source code, plus Ride and Jemison in front of a miniature version of the space shuttle Challenger. That shuttle comes with its own launchpad (replica) and the three removable rocket stages from the real thing.

The set was developed by Maia Weinstock, and was designed to celebrate successful women in STEM fields. The original pitch also included mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated trajectories for Apollo 11, the space shuttle programme, and a mission to Mars. Johnson was left out because she apparently chose not to be part of the set.

The set will be available to purchase on 1st November, though it will be available at a one-off event on 28th October in the 5th Avenue Lego Store in New York. You know, in case you're going on holiday to the states sometime soon. UK pricing hasn't been revealed, but it will cost $30 and €30. So expect something between £25-£30. [Lego]

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