Lego launches new range dedicated to Women of NASA

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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.

The "Women of NASA" Lego sets, announced by the company on Wednesday, will feature four prominent females who played major roles in the US space program's history: astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman.

This week the folks at LEGO presented the final version of what'll be one of the most awesome Minifigure-centric sets in history.

Equally pleased with the outcome was Lego designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges who refined the models designed by Weinstock.

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Again, the Women of NASA set is on sale starting November 1, and will retail for $24.99. Included in the package are a Hubble Space Telescope, an Apollo Guidance Computer, and the Space Shuttle Challenger - all iconic images of the glory days of the historic NASA program. Weinstock originally submitted the concept to Lego's Ideas crowdsourcing platform, where the pitch quickly garnered widespread support among Lego's most diehard fans - and now, what was once a remarkably good idea is about to become reality.

Sally Ride was the first woman in space. Meet the pioneering Women of @NASA in LEGO form! She also tweeted that she hopes the set encourages more children to consider careers in STEM. It also comes with miniature vignettes depicting moments in NASA history that these awesome women made possible. 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.

Wike added: "It was a great experience to give these fantastic women their new Lego identity and a great honour to personally present Margaret Hamilton with her very own mini-figure". Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software for NASA's Apollo missions, is also included.

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