Women of NASA LEGO

Stuck for a space-themed Christmas present? How about some LEGO.

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Women of NASA LEGO was proposed and submitted to LEGO Ideas by Maia Weinstock, science writer, LEGO enthusiast, and deputy editor of MIT News, in summer 2016. It quickly gathered support and soon reached the 10,000 votes necessary to get an idea into LEGO Review. Women of NASA was selected for production in February this year; it’s available to buy now, so you can gift it (or own it yourself) in time for Christmas. 

The set is 231 pieces and includes:

  • Four mini-figures: 
    • Nancy Grace Roman
    • Margaret Hamilton
    • Sally Ride 
    • Mae Jemison
  • Three builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the four featured women of NASA: 
    • The Hubble Space Telescope accompanies Nancy Grace Roman
    • Margaret Hamilton comes with a stack of books which represents the code she helped develop to land astronauts on the moon in 1969
    • The build for Sally Ride and Mae Jemison features a launch pad and Space Shuttle Challenger

LEGO women of NASA went on sale in November and looks set to be a Christmas best seller. 

Here’s the official description from LEGO about the set:

Follow in the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration—America’s space agency) with this fun and inspiring LEGO set. Build the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman. Develop the software for space missions with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. And launch the space shuttle with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, and Mae Jemison, the world’s first woman of colour in space. Build, play, learn and one day you too could become a science, technology, engineering or mathematics superstar!

The complete Women of NASA LEGO set. Image courtesy of LEGO 
Poster image: Women of NASA LEGO figurines, courtesy of LEGO

Ruth Milne

Past Springer Nature Staff Member, Springer Nature