The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas platform a year ago, and quickly made its way to the 10,000 mark needed for official project approval by Lego.
When science editor and writer Maia Weinstock put up her idea combining three of her personal passions: space exploration, the history of women in science and engineering, and LEGO building, she reached over 10,000 supporters-and it caught the attention of the LEGO team. Now, the set is finally ready. It also comes with miniature vignettes depicting moments in NASA history that these fantastic women made possible.
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According to Lego, the set was meant to include mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations made the Mercury and Apollo missions possible, but Johnson chose not to take part.
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". This is because Lego was unable to get approval from "key people" to turn Johnson into a mini figure, too.
Maia Weinstock included Katherine Johnson in her original idea.
Lego's new Women of NASA collection, scheduled to hit shelves next month, has raised eyebrows for excluding an important heroine. "It was lovely to hear some of the stories behind the scenes, like how Sally's name tag was changed from "Sally Ride" to just "Sally" at her own request".