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Check out some of NASA’s unsung heroes — in Lego form

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Maia Weinstock

Despite the major contributions they’ve made to the U.S. space program, the women of NASA have struggled to get the recognition they deserve.

Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT News and self-proclaimed “LEGO Tinkerer,” dreamed up this awesome Lego set to pay homage to five of NASA’s most famous female pioneers.

Weinstock submitted a proposal for this set to Lego Ideas, which is a site where the public can submit and vote on future Lego sets.

And considering that this set gathered more than the required 10,000 votes within a few weeks, it might be just a matter of time before Lego releases figurines of these awesome female scientists.

Here are a few facts you should know about the five scientists featured in the set.

Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison are the five NASA scientists recognized in this awesome set.

In addition to the minifigures, the full Lego set includes individual vignettes of a micro-scale Hubble Space Telescope, a space shuttle, instruments of the Apollo era, and a replica of a famous photo showing the code that got astronauts to the moon.

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Margaret Hamilton is a computer scientist. She’s known for popularizing the modern concept of software.

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In the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. Her Lego model is a recreation of a famous photo in which Hamilton is standing next a stack of books containing the software.

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Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and space scientist, is a longtime NASA researcher.

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She helped calculate and verify trajectories for NASA’s Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that resulted in the first human steps on the moon.

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Sally Ride was an astronaut, physicist, and educator. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space.

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Nancy Grace Roman is an astronomer. Her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope earned her the nickname “Mother of Hubble.” She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.

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Mae Jemison is an astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur. In 1992, she became the first African-American woman in space.

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After retiring, both Ride and Jemison developed programs to encourage children to get involved in science.

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Ride founded an educational company and Jemison established a company that develops new technologies. Both companies are focused on encouraging children to go into science.

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Within a few weeks, the proposed Lego set reached its goal of 10,000 votes. By January, Lego decide whether to turn this idea into a reality.

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