Lego is selling a 'Women of NASA' set featuring 4 female scientists, engineers, and astronauts

Lego announced on Wednesday that it's releasing a "Women of NASA" set.

The $24.99 kit goes on sale November 1 — just in time for the holiday gift-giving season — and builds on a laudable trend of selling toys that are more inclusive of women.

"Women of NASA" features four mini figurines of pioneering women from the space agency: astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton.

Each minifig will also come with a special backdrop related to their historic work at NASA, including the space shuttle Challenger and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Maia Weinstock, a deputy editor at MIT News, submitted her idea for the kit in July 2016 to the Lego Ideas community, where members create and vote on new set plans. If and when Lego picks an idea from the site, submitters get a 1% cut of sales and licensing revenue.

Weinstock's submission got more than 10,000 votes, triggering an automatic review by Lego staff — and they decided to manufacture and sell it. (Lego's giant Saturn V moon rocket set, released in June, came about the same way.)

Here's a close-up look at the kit and what it includes.

Lego's new 'Women of NASA' set
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Lego's new 'Women of NASA' set
Lego is now selling a 'Women of NASA' set featuring four female scientists, engineers, and astronauts.

The four figurines are molded in the likenesses of the woman they represent.

From left: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison.

Each set will come with 231 pieces and some brand-new parts.

The astronaut, physicist, and entrepreneur Sally Ride will come in a 1980s training flight suit.
Mae Jemison, an astronaut, physician, and engineer, wears a 1990s space shuttle flight suit.
Both astronauts will have a mini space shuttle to stand by.
The space shuttle even separates into its three stages: the solid rocket boosters (left), the main fuel tank (orange), and the orbiter (right).
The astronomer and teacher Nancy Grace Roman, 92, is modeled as her 1959 likeness.
Roman is often called the "Mother of Hubble" for helping get the space-telescope mission off the ground.
Finally, the set will include a 1960s Margaret Hamilton, who's a computer scientist and entrepreneur.
Finally, the set will include a 1960s Margaret Hamilton, who's a computer scientist and entrepreneur.
After Lego produced its first kits, Hamilton got a first look at herself as a plastic figurine.
Hamilton also met Weinstock and the Lego designer who helped usher the kit to production.

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