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Lego’s Women of NASA set rockets into reality

Explore the universe with these NASA luminaries.

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From writing critical Apollo software to planning the Hubble Space Telescope, women have made their mark on NASA and expanded our understanding of the universe. A new Lego Ideas Women of NASA set will highlight four of these pioneering scientists and their work with minifigure versions. Lego fan Maia Weinstock[1], a science writer and editor, created the concept for the set and received the backing of 10,000 supporters through the Lego Ideas projects site. Lego announced in February[2] it would put the set into production.

The finalized set, revealed Wednesday, features 231 pieces, including minifigures depicting astronomer Nancy Grace Roman[3], computer scientist Margaret Hamilton[4], astronaut/physicist Sally Ride[5] and astronaut/engineer Mae Jemison[6], all of whom made huge contributions to NASA and the advancement of space exploration. The set also comes with a posable Hubble Space Telescope, a mini Space Shuttle Challenger (with removable rocket stages), a launchpad and a stack of books representing Hamilton’s Apollo Guidance Computer onboard flight software source code. The Women of NASA collection takes its cues from Weinstock’s original designs but refines the ideas with more detailed models.

Weinstock’s vision included mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose story was depicted in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures[7].” A Lego spokeswoman says the company was not able to obtain approval from Johnson for the production minifigure set. The Lego Ideas Women of NASA set is available globally starting on Nov.

1 for £24.99 through the Lego Shop[8]. UK and Australia pricing is not yet available.

Apollo software engineer Margaret Hamilton looks at a minifig version of herself.

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References

  1. ^ Maia Weinstock (maiaw.com)
  2. ^ Lego announced in February (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Nancy Grace Roman (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ Margaret Hamilton (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Sally Ride (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Mae Jemison (www.nasa.gov)
  7. ^ Hidden Figures (www.metacritic.com)
  8. ^ Lego Shop (shop.lego.com)

Fisher-Price Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset by MEE TONG SHOP – Price Special

Yo, ho, ho! Be this a pirate ship or a giant shark? Actually it’s both! Those crafty pirate scallywags have disguised their ship to look just like a shark. Roll it along and the fins move, just like it’s swimming! To protect your treasure from Blackbeard and his raiders, push on a Power Pad to capture attackers in one BIG shark bite! Still more coming? Turn another Power Pad to aim the cannon and fire – or push button on launcher to send projectiles flying! Now it’s all hands on deck for more high-seas adventures! Young buccaneers can throw prisoners in the brig that opens & closes have them walk the plank or hang ’em from the yardarm. Want to make sure the treasure’s safe? turn a power pad to reveal the secret hiding spot. There’s no end to the swashbuckling fun that little mates and their imaginations can create with this pirate ship playset. Includes shark bite pirate ship playset, 2 pirate figures, 2 helmets, 2 swords, 1 cannon ball, 4 projectiles, a spyglass and treasure. Size H40.5, W51, D20.5cm. Weight 2399g. For ages 3 years and over.

  • Yo, ho, ho! Be this a pirate ship or a giant shark? Actually it’s both! Those crafty pirate scallywags have disguised their ship to look just like a shark. Roll it along and the fins move, just like it’s swimming! To protect your treasure from Blackbeard and his raiders, push on a Power Pad to capture attackers in one BIG shark bite! Still more coming?
  • Turn another Power Pad to aim the cannon and fire – or push button on launcher to send projectiles flying! Now it’s all hands on deck for more high-seas adventures!
  • Young buccaneers can throw prisoners in the brig that opens & closes have them walk the plank or hang ’em from the yardarm. Want to make sure the treasure’s safe? turn a power pad to reveal the secret hiding spot.
  • There’s no end to the swashbuckling fun that little mates and their imaginations can create with this pirate ship playset.
  • Includes shark bite pirate ship playset, 2 pirate figures, 2 helmets, 2 swords, 1 cannon ball, 4 projectiles, a spyglass and treasure. Size H40.5, W51, D20.5cm. Weight 2399g. For ages 3 years and over.

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Tidlo Play Shop and Theatre – Top Reduction

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  • Play Shop and Theatre
  • One side is a shop with a striped canopy and shelves . The other side is a theatre and ticket office.
  • Removable chalk board hangs on the side and chalk board to the front of the shelves and theatre.
  • Some adult assembly required
  • Size: L50xW21xH106cm Counter top height 52cm

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