Lego will release a set of five female Nasa scientists, engineers and astronauts based on real women who have worked for the space agency.
Maia Weinstock, an American science writer, submitted the set to the Lego Ideas review after it gained 10,000 votes of support from the public. Her design beat competition from 11 other entrants, including plans for a Large Hadron Collider made out of Lego. The Women in Nasa set will be available by late 2017 or early 2018.
Lego Ideas competitions take place twice a year, with one or two fan suggestions going into production.
“As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration as well as the history of women in science and engineering, Maia Weinstock’s Women of Nasa project was a way for her to celebrate accomplished women in the Stem professions,” Lise Dydensborg, Lego Ideas spokeswoman said. “In particular those who’ve made a big impact through their work at Nasa.”
The five new Lego figures are Nasa scientists Katherine Johnson, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison.