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'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Katherine Johnson Is Now Part of a Lego Set

'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Katherine Johnson Is Now Part of a Lego Set

The five women are Katherine Johnson, mathematician who charted the trajectories of successful space flights; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Margaret Hamilton, who made the software used in the Apollo mission; Mae Jemison, doctor and the first African-American woman in space; and Nancy Roman, the "Mother of the Hubble".

Maia Weinstock, an American science writer who created the figurines, tweeted the exciting news today. Lego rejected the idea, as it violates its policy against building sets based on "p$3 olitics and political symbols, campaigns, or movements", a rule we're still wishing they'd bend, if only for Ginsberg's collar alone.

The news that it had won was a "dream come true" she said.

"Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the USA space program", Weinstock wrote in a description of the set. Here's more on all of the latest LEGO winners.

The Women of NASA set beat out ten other concepts including an Addams Family Mansion kit and the RV from the movie "Spaceballs". The INSPIRE Act directs NASA to send staff to work with K-12 girls, and the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act directs the National Science Foundation to expand support for women in STEM research.

"Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the USA space program", wrote Maia Weinstock, who proposed Lego create the set through the company's Lego Ideas initiative.

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NASA astronaut Sally Ride in the interior of the Challenger space shuttle during the STS-41-G mission on October 1, 1984.

The female employees at NASA are "Hidden Figures" no more.

"We're really excited to be able to introduce Maia's Women of NASA set for its inspirational value as well as build and play experience", a spokesperson for LEGO tells ABC News.

Five women pioneers of NASA are becoming Lego characters. Johnson, who is now 98 years old, appeared on stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday. "There are a number of books and documentaries on women at NASA that I've read and seen, but also a couple of photos - the two I re-create as vignettes of Katherine Johnson and Margaret Hamilton - I knew I wanted to do in LEGO anyway, so this just pulled them all together".

"It certainly is a wonderful confluence", Weinstock said.


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