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Ladies rock outer space!

A new LEGO set has been created celebrating the “Women of NASA.” The set would feature five of NASA’s famous women.

The link needs to gain 10,000 supporters to be one step closer to becoming available in stores.

Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program, aka NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or underappreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This proposed set celebrates five notable NASA pioneers and provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM. The five Women of NASA are:

Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist: While working at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. She is known for popularizing the modern concept of software.

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist: A longtime NASA researcher, Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.

Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, and educator: A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: One of the first female executives at NASA, Roman is known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.

Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur: Trained as a medical doctor, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After retiring from NASA, Jemison established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.

In addition to a desktop frame that displays these five mini figures and their names, the set includes vignettes depicting: a famous photo of the reams of code that landed astronauts on the moon in 1969; instruments used to calculate and verify trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions; a microscale Hubble Space Telescope and display; and a mini space shuttle, complete with external tank and solid rocket boosters.

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Hidden Figures

In theaters Jan. 13, 2017, Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) — brilliant African American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio broke gender and racial barriers to inspire generations to dream big.

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  • guest

    I’m proud to say I had the honor of meeting Mae Jemison. She spoke to my 5th grade class and took a picture with all of us that I still have to this day. Great Lady!

    • Sol Rothstein

      I am EQUALLY as proud to have known Black male Astronaut Ronald McNair. WHO actually lead the Space Shuttle…Something none of these Black women Astronauts did. He was the BOSS of that mission.

      Black men matter more than BLACK WOMEN to the Re-Building of BLACK America.

      Black women have RUINED BLACK AMERICA !!!

    • Sol Rothstein

      I am EQUALLY as proud to have known Black male Astronaut Ronald McNair. WHO actually lead the Space Shuttle…Something none of these Black women Astronauts did. He was the BOSS of that mission.

      Black men matter more than BLACK WOMEN to the Re-Building of BLACK America.

      Black women have RUINED BLACK AMERICA !!!

      God Bless

      • Alicia Lee

        Were you hurt deeply by a black woman? It seems as so. You need to let it go and move on with your life. You can’t hold the pain caused to you by one person against all who look like her or you find some similarity too!

        How can we have ruined Black America? How do you add God Bless to that statement? There has been only one female commander and that was Eileen Collins. Why aren’t you questioning how come there haven’t been more women in general commanding space travel?

        (Go log in to your other account now and support your comments! )

        • https://www.connectpal.com/f-u Nigg.Newton

          Were you FUCKED BY YOUR FATHER…you sound like he really messed you up badly.

          Why don’t you have any respect for men?

          Did Sol, mention that WHITE WOMAN (Eileen Collins)?

          Nope he mentioned the BLACK COMMANDER of the Space SHUTTLE (Ronald McNair)

          Black women are so STUPID…I coined the PHRASE — Black women have ruined BLACK AMERICA, because it’s true.

          YOU BLACK WHORES are violent females, and the worst parents on the planet.

          • Alicia Lee

            Incest doesn’t occur in my family so no, I wasn’t screwed by my dad. I do respect people that have respect for others, so that means I don’t respect you or Sol which is probably you under a different account name.
            You speak/type in the same manner that ‘Sol’ does so you have to be the same person or inbred cousins from the back woods of Nowhereville, USA.

            Sol didn’t mention Eileen but I did and then I asked why he didn’t question why there haven’t been more women commanders altogether. I can read and comprehend, unlike what you seem to not be able to do.

            Congrats to you on being the ignorant keyboard thug that coined that lame phrase. You should be happy you have Sol to follow your ignorant thoughts.

            If you and Sol feel so strongly that WE have ruined black america, won’t you two start and heavily promote the re-building of these black men who you think have all fallen since you two do being real men so well and black men need hero’s like you to model after. I’m waiting for the action you both take instead of using your only stupid weapon, the keyboard!

        • Whiteguy

          Wow to be recognized by LEGO.

          • Alicia Lee

            Black, Asian, Indian, Hispanic and other kids need to see themselves in their toys as well. Not just have only white kids as their images of fun.

          • Whiteguy

            So we need transgendered LEGOs too?

          • Alicia Lee

            Well I guess we do since that is now a civil right!