Women of NASA

Proposal for LEGO set featuring “ladies who rock outer space” causes stir

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A proposal from deputy editor of MIT News Maia Weinstock for a new LEGO set celebrating famous women of NASA has gained steam online, but not everybody is happy about it. “Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program,” wrote Weinstock in her proposal on the LEGO Ideas website. “… Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

The proposed Women of NASA set would feature five of NASA’s most famous women — Margaret Hamilton, a lead designer of on-board flight software for the Apollo space program; Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who calculated the trajectories for the Apollo 11 journey to the moon; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in creating the Hubble Space Telescope; and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go to space.

Weinstock has shared people’s reactions to the proposal on social media, most of which are supportive. Some users, however, have responded negatively — including one user who suggested that “real equality” would mean proposing a “Men of NASA set” as well.

The Women of NASA set has garnered over 3,000 supporters already, including NASA themselves.

If the proposal reaches 10,000 supporters, LEGO will review it and consider turning it into a real set.

Read the full story at Mashable.

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