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'Women of NASA' Lego's Set Coming Nov. 1

'Women of NASA' Lego's Set Coming Nov. 1

Arriving just in time for the holidays, the LEGOs Ideas Team announced the latest set and little girls can now build an inspiring set celebrating the Women of NASA.

Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison are the four NASA veterans featured in the special "Women of NASA" set, which will hit stores on November 1.

Jamison was also a groundbreaker, becoming the first African-American woman in space.

With last year's box-office success of Hidden Figures, it's only fitting that the trend of promoting pioneering women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) trickled it's way into the toy world. Lego says the set will be available for order starting on November 1st, but if you happen to be in NY on October 28th, the Flatiron District Lego Store will have them available early, and Weinstock will be present for a fan signing.

Lego's new Women of NASA collection, scheduled to hit shelves next month, has raised eyebrows for excluding an important heroine.

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The set also includes a booklet about the four featured women of NASA, the fan creator, and the professional LEGO designers who collaborated on the set.

The original model by Weinstock included Johnson, but according to LEGO, Johnson chose not to be part of the set. 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.

LEGO Design Manager Tara Wike said in a statement: "What they (the women of NASA) have achieved is truly inspiring to me, and I hope it will inspire children to make their dreams come true".

The idea was first proposed by Maia Weinstock, a deputy editor at MIT News, in 2016. "With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history".