Set of five scientists, engineers and astronauts including Katherine Johnson wins Lego Ideas contest and will go into production

Lego will release a set of five female Nasa scientists, engineers and astronauts based on real women who have worked for the space agency.

Maia Weinstock, an American science writer who created @legoNASAwomen, tweeted the good news on Tuesday.

Maia Weinstock (@20tauri)

Thrilled to finally share: @LegoNASAWomen has passed the @LEGOIdeas Review and will soon be a real LEGO set!

February 28, 2017

Weinstock submitted the set to the Lego Ideas review after it gained 10,000 votes of support from the public. The news that it had won was a dream come true she said.

Her design beat stiff competition from 11 other entrants, including plans for a Large Hadron Collider made out of Lego.

Nasas Hubble account tweeted that the Women in Nasa set would be available by late 2017 or early 2018.

Hubble (@NASA_Hubble)

UPDATE: The @WomenNASA set has been approved by LEGO and will be available in late 2017 or early 2018!

February 28, 2017

Lego Ideas competitions take place twice a year, with one or two fan suggestions eventually going into production.

Lego Ideas spokeswoman Lise Dydensborg announced the result in a video, saying Lego chose the Women of Nasa set because of its inspirational value.

As a science editor and writer, with a strong personal interest for space exploration as well as the history of women in science and engineering, Maia Weinstocks Women of Nasa project was a way for her to celebrate accomplished women in the Stem professions, she said.

In particular those whove made a big impact through their work at Nasa.

The announcement comes after the stories of black Nasa scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were told in the acclaimed Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures.

Johnson, who appeared at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, is one of the five new Lego figures. The others are computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison.

Fans rejoiced at the news on social media.

Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein)

Ace. Next official LEGO Ideas fan design celebrates history of women at @NASA. Congrats to @20tauri & @LegoNASAWomen

February 28, 2017

SRS @ UCSD (@SallyRideSci)

GREAT NEWS! #LEGO picks Maia Weinstocks @LegoNASAWomen concept to turn into a play set! #WomenInSTEM @20tauri

February 28, 2017

mildly facetious (@cadmus_photo)

About freaking time. Children (girls & boys) need to see that a women’s place is wherever the hell she chooses it to be.

February 28, 2017

Cecilia W.S. Leung (@CelestialCess)

Representation matters! Excited to see LEGO celebrating the accomplishments of women in space & aeronautics professions with @LegoNASAWomen.

February 28, 2017

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