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 $US24.99 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 minifigurines 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 company’s 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.

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

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Left to right: minfigs of Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison.

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

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Astronaut, physicist, and entrepreneur Sally Ride will come in a 1983-era training flight suit.

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Astronaut Mae Jemison, a physician and engineer, wears a 1992-era space shuttle flight suit.

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Both astronauts will have a mini-space shuttle to stand by.

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The space shuttle even separates into its three stages: the solid rocket boosters (left), main fuel tank (orange), and orbiter (right).

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Astronomer and teacher Nancy Grace Roman, who is 92 years old today, is moulded as her 1959 likeness.

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Roman is often called the 'Mother of Hubble' for helping get the space telescope mission off the ground.

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Finally, the set will include a circa-1959 Margaret Hamilton, who's a computer scientist and entrepreneur.

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Hamilton, who is now 81 years old, led the development of flight software for the Apollo moon missions.

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After Lego produced its first kits, Hamilton got a first look at herself as a plastic figurine.

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Hamilton also met Weinstock and the Lego designer who helped usher the kit toward production.

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Left to right: Margaret Hamilton, Tara Wike (the Lego designer), and Maia Weinstock.

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