'Women of NASA' is LEGO's newest team, and Alabama's on board

'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Katherine Johnson Is Now Part of a Lego Set

In a post at the company's official blog, LEGO announced that after reviewing 12 very unique LEGO set project ideas, The Women of NASA had won the Second 2016 Review - because of course LEGO has an official review board. On Tuesday, the 84-year-old toy maker's latest LEGO set announcement has fans rejoicing for its progressivism by introducing "The Women of NASA". Lego rejected the idea, as it violates its policy against building sets based on "p$3 olitics and political symbols, campaigns, or movements", a rule we're still wishing they'd bend, if only for Ginsberg's collar alone.

A day before Women's History Month kicked off, Lego revealed a new set called "Women of NASA", which highlights the contributions of five women who have played critical roles throughout the history of the US space program.

The figures have been commissioned under the toy maker's Lego Ideas series that allows fans to propose concepts for new sets. "There are a number of books and documentaries on women at NASA that I've read and seen, but also a couple of photos - the two I re-create as vignettes of Katherine Johnson and Margaret Hamilton - I knew I wanted to do in LEGO anyway, so this just pulled them all together".

The buzz around Hidden Figures has played its part in influencing Lego's latest new character set, with five NASA legends joining the fold.

Designed by science writer and editor Maia Weinstock, her set includes minifigures of women who've broke ground in space exploration: Katherine Johnson, Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton and Nancy Grace Roman.

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist, known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs. The runner-up in the competition was a Voltron set, which the company says it may also produce.

Called the "Mother of Hubble", Nancy Grace Roman is an astronomer who also became one of the first female executives at NASA. After retiring from NASA, Jemison has gone on to found and establish several companies and organizations that promote learning in technology and science.

"That's really going to be addressed by my administration over the years with more and more of these bills coming out and address the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs and by those in STEM fields", said Trump.



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