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21312 Women of NASA is the 19th LEGO Ideas set released in November 2017, containing three builds and four minifigures, showing famous women who have worked for the US space agency, NASA.

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Margaret Hamilton

The first build shows the computer scientist Margaret Hamilton standing beside a print-out of the navigation software that she and her team produced for the Apollo project in 1969. This replicates the famous photo[1], including the markings on the blackboard and the coatstand behind her.

Mae Jemison and Sally Ride

The second build displays a US Space Shuttle along with two astronauts: Sally Ride who flew aboard the Challenger to become the first American woman in space in 1983; and Mae Jemison, the first woman of colour (of any nationality) in space, launching in 1992 aboard the Endeavour.

The shuttle can be easily removed from the base. It comes complete with the side rocket boosters and main engines (not easily visible in the box image), which can be easily removed just like the real shuttle during its ascent into space.

Nancy G. Roman

The third build features Nancy G. Roman, the first woman in an executive position at NASA, and known as the "Mother of Hubble" for her work in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She is featured beside an image of a nebula, and a poseable model of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Background

This set is based on real people who have worked with the US space agency NASA. The Space Shuttle was used in over 100 missions into space between 1981 and 2011. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 and is still in use today thanks to a number of maintenance missions.

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Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO® Ideas Women of NASA set. It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise. 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. The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA, and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
  • Features 3 LEGO® builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the 4 featured women of NASA.
  • Nancy Grace Roman’s build features a posable Hubble Space Telescope with authentic details and a projected image of a planetary nebula.
  • Margaret Hamilton's build features a stack of book elements, representing the books of listings of Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) onboard flight software source code.
  • Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build features a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages.
  • Also includes printed nameplates for each of the 4 women featured in this set.
  • Great for role-playing space exploration missions.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the 4 featured women of NASA, the set's fan creator and the LEGO designers.
  • Nancy Grace Roman's build measures over 2" (7cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.
  • Margaret Hamilton’s build measures over 2" (6cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep.
  • Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build measures over 4" (12cm) high, 3” (10cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.


Sources/ References

  1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Margaret_Hamilton_-_restoration.jpg

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