Lego Is Going to Sell a Fan's Design Featuring Women in NASA
Lego occasionally looks to the public for new ideas, and the brand announced a new set designed by a fan on Tuesday featuring female pioneers from NASA.
We can thank science writer and editor Maia Weinstock for the idea, which includes five different women (Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison) and a handful of space-themed props (think rocket ships and massive computers).
The project, called Women of NASA, also includes vignettes pulled from monumental moments during the women's careers: strings of code that helped astronauts make it to the moon, instruments that were used to work on rocket trajectories, a mini version of the Hubble Space Telescope, and more.
Weinstock shares some words on the project on the Lego Ideas website:
"Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program, a.k.a. NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)."
There's no word on when exactly this set will be available to purchase, but Lego has shared that they're looking at late this year or early 2018 for a release date. There's also no word on whether or not it will be a limited-edition set, or how much it will sell for.