Women of NASA to be next LEGO Ideas set

The LEGO Ideas team has officially announced the results of the latest review period, with Women of NASA confirmed as the next project to be developed into an official LEGO set.

It will be a return for LEGO Ideas to women in science, after 21110 Research Institute proved popular in 2014 and saw the LEGO Group gain a lot of favourable publicity. What this set will become in unknown, as the project includes a frame as well as a series of vignettes. It is likely that an official set would focus in the vignettes rather than incorporate a minifigure frame – but Ideas sets have surprised before.

The five women of Nasa that project originator 20tauri aimed to celebrate are:

Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist: While working at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. She is known for popularizing the modern concept of software.

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist: A longtime NASA researcher, Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.

Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, and educator: A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: One of the first female executives at NASA, Roman is known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.

Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur: Trained as a medical doctor, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After retiring from NASA, Jemison established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.

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All other projects in the review period were rejected except for Voltron – Defender of the Universe. The announcement from the LEGO Group said:

The LEGO Review Board is still considering the Voltron – Defender of the Universe project by len_d69. Our final decision will take a little extra time, and we’ll share an update in the Third 2016 Review Results announcement.

 

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