Films like Hidden Figures opened many people's eyes to the efforts that women made in the space programme. Now, from 1 November, to commemorate women's achievements at NASA, LEGO have released a new collection that features some of the brightest female minds that helped get humans into space.
Featuring astronauts like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison as well as computer scientists like Margaret Hamilton who helped write the software that allowed the Apollo astronauts to land on the moon. The collection also includes Nancy Grace Roman, who helped make the Hubble Space Telescope a reality. In a statement LEGO explained:
"Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing, beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed.
Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages."
Obviously one of the joys of playing with LEGO is that it allows you to use your imagination so no doubt kids have been sending female astronauts into space for years. Nonetheless, Maia Weinstock came up with the collection and submitted as part of LEGO's Ideas program.
Initially, Weinstock had hoped to include Katherine Johnson in the collection, the space scientist instrumental in bringing the first Americans to orbit, but permission wasn't granted in time for her to be added to the final set.