Photo from: Maia Weinstock
Lego will soon release a new set that will honor “women of NASA.”
The set will include five female NASA pioneers including Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician featured in the film “Hidden Figures.”
Johnson, 98, graced the stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
Other women pioneers to be immortalized in Lego form are:
- Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work that contributed to Apollo 11’s landing on the moon
- Astronaut Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space
- Nancy Grace Roman, who served as NASA’s chief astronomer and is seen as “instrumental in making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality”
- Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space
The project was submitted by science writer Maia Weinstock.
“Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program,” Weinstock wrote in her project proposal. “Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated – especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”
So cool, right?