“Nevertheless, she persisted.”
If you haven’t caught Hidden Figures fever, the Oscar-nominated movie that shined a spotlight on the brilliant African-American women who helped shuttle the first astronauts into space, then you must be living under a planetoid. The inspiring biopic is based on the true story of math wizard Katherine Johnson and her black lady colleagues whose calculations completely turned the Space Race around in the 1960s.
And now, some of these women will be immortalized as Lego—a compliment of the highest order. Lego has revealed Women of Nasa, its latest fan-designed collection of five space pioneers, and we couldn’t be more excited! The set of five mini-figures will feature:
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.
The collection, which includes a desktop frame that displays each woman’s name, plus NASA-themed mini vignettes, is set to land on store shelves later this year or early 2018.
Now if only we could time travel and have it now!