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Lego's 'Women Of NASA' Set Celebrates Rad Women In STEM

The set will include Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman and Mae Jemison.
Sally Ride and Mae Jemison Lego figures from the "Women of NASA" set
Posted at 1:19 PM, Mar 01, 2017

Fans of "Hidden Figures," NASA (or women, I guess): Rejoice — Lego just approved a new set titled "Women of NASA." The set will feature five of the agency's most famous women: Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman and Mae Jemison. 

"Women of NASA" was one of many ideas submitted to Lego for consideration. It beat out competitors like Voltron, the Mountain View Conservatory and the Addams Family Mansion. 

It's been a pretty amazing time for Katherine Johnson. The box office hit "Hidden Figures" focused on her brilliance and the discrimination she faced as a black woman working for NASA in the 1960s. She even got to present an award with the cast during the Oscars

Johnson, a mathematician, calculated trajectories for NASA missions, including Apollo 11.

Margaret Hamilton was a computer scientist who led a team that designed software for the Apollo missions. 

Sally Ride was a physicist and astronaut who became the first American woman in space in 1983. 

Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman got the nickname "Mother of Hubble" for her work on the Hubble Space Telescope. She was also one of the first women executives at NASA.

Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. She orbited Earth in the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

These women are some of the most prominent examples of women in STEM fields in American history, and as toy companies push toward more inclusive toys, it makes sense Lego would latch on to this idea.