Did you catch Oscar-winning film Hidden Figures? Were you surprised to learn of the role women played in the space race? This latest Lego collection might change that for the next generation of kids.
Lego announced today that a new range will feature women who made considerable contributions to the achievements of NASA, such as Margaret Hamilton, the computer scientist who helped develop the flight software for the Apollo missions, as well as mathematician and NASA researcher Katherine Johnson, recently profiled in the Oscar-winning film in an effort to celebrate women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sectors.
Submitted to the fan-designed page Lego Ideas, Women of NASA was suggested by Maia Weinstock, and includes more than just the woman themselves (who, in addition to Katherine and Margaret, will also feature physicist and astronaut Sally Ride, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison) – the set will also include a photo of the code that got astronauts to the moon on that first mission in 1969, as well as instruments used to calculate and verify trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions, and a microscale Hubble Space Telescope.
The figures are expected to be available for purchase late this year or early 2018.