Sally Ride made history back in 1983, when she became the first American woman to travel into outer space. Now, Ride and three other women who were NASA pioneers are being honored with their own Lego likenesses. The "Women of NASA" Lego set went on sale this week, and quickly became the top-selling toy on Amazon. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. Her figure stands alongside Ride's next to a Lego version of the space shuttle. But the toys don't just honor astronauts -- astronomer Nancy G. Roman is also depicted. She was NASA's first female executive and is often credited with being the mother of the Hubble Space Telescope, which transmitted stunning pictures of deep space back to earth. Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton makes up another figurine in the set. She wrote the software code that helped the Apollo 11 crew land safely on the moon, and last year was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom. The women of NASA was originally thought up by science … [Read more...] about Lego’s “Women of NASA” set is already a huge hit
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The women of NASA are the latest heroes to be commemorated by Lego. A new 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set. A miniature version of Hamilton's workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured. The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed a women of NASA collection through the Lego Ideas program. Three years ago, Lego introduced its first set featuring women who are also scientists, which was designed by geoscientist Ellen Kooijman. The set included three tiny plastic figures: a paleontologist, an astronomer and a chemist. Soon after going on sale, the … [Read more...] about Lego unveils “Women of NASA” set with Sally Ride, Mae Jemison
The female employees at NASA are “Hidden Figures” no more. A day before Women’s History Month kicked off, Lego revealed a new set called “Women of NASA,” which highlights the contributions of five women who have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program. They are computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; mathematician and space scientist Katherine Johnson — who was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures”; astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride; astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison. Maia Weinstock, deputy editor of MIT News at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, submitted the proposal 7 months ago as part of Lego’s Ideas contest. Since then, the project surpassed its goal of 10,000 supporters — the number that was needed for a proposed set to go into production. “Maia Weinstock’s Women of NASA project was … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Lego reveals upcoming “Women of NASA” set
The 2017 movie “Hidden Figures” tells the story of African-American women at NASA who figured out the complex math equations required to get astronauts safely into space and back. Among the “human computers” was Miriam Mann, recruited to the still-segregated space agency in the 1940s, whose granddaughter, Duchess Harris, is coming to San Diego for two events tied to Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Harris is a professor in the American Studies Department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and co-author of the young-adult book “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA.” Her grandmother isn’t identified by name in Hollywood’s re-telling, but her spirit’s there: Mann once removed a sign that read “Colored Computers” from the NASA dining room. And when the sign went up again, she removed it again. Duchess Harris author events: 1 p.m. Saturday. Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. (geared to … [Read more...] about Author in town to talk about her grandmother, one of NASA’s first black female ‘computers’
Tracy Jan, The Washington Post Published 1:19 pm, Friday, February 2, 2018 Photo: Photo Courtesy Of Peppur Chambers Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Peppur Chambers created, produced and acted in a burlesque group called the Brown Betties. Peppur Chambers created, produced and acted in a burlesque group called the Brown Betties. Photo: Photo Courtesy Of Peppur Chambers He helped Halle Berry and Taraji Henson to stardom, Now 9 women of color are accusing him of sexual harassment. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery LOS ANGELES - Tamika Lamison was a 27-year-old stage actress living in New York City in June 1996 when she stepped into Hollywood manager Vincent Cirrincione's hotel suite, excited by the unexpected opportunity to audition for the man behind Halle Berry's rising stardom. Lamison said she had been introduced … [Read more...] about He helped Halle Berry and Taraji Henson to stardom, Now 9 women of color are accusing him of sexual harassment.