October 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Sally Ride, other ‘Women of NASA’ honored with Lego set

(Photo via @Lego_group/Twitter.)

Lego is honoring the “Women of NASA,” the female scientists and astronauts who made groundbreaking achievements, with a special-edition set.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, is partnered with Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, in their own set with a miniature Space Shuttle.

Ride is the first known LGBT astronaut. She married fellow astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982 but the couple divorced in 1987. After her death in 2012, her obituary revealed that she had been in a 27-year relationship with children’s science writer and former professional tennis player, Tam O’Shaughnessy.

Other “Women of NASA” honored include Nancy Grace Roman, one of the first female executives at NASA and known as “Mother of the Hubble” for her contributions to the Hubble Telescope. She is featured with a miniature Hubble Telescope.

Margaret Hamilton also gets her own mini Lego person standing next to a stack of navigation software in a recreation of the iconic 1969 photo.

The idea to honor “Women of NASA” was submitted by Deputy Editor of MIT News, Maia Weinstock as part of the Lego Ideas program. The set includes 231 pieces and costs $24.99. It hits stores on Nov. 1.


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