Lego launches new NASA women figurines

Five American women behind NASA’s space program are the stars of a new set of Lego toy figurines.

Lego Group, the Danish-based maker of the interlocking building blocks, announced it had chosen the “Women of NASA” project as the winner of its fan design contest.

How many of these pioneering NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts do you know?

Science writer Maia Weinstock sent Lego her idea for the set, hoping to inspire girls and boys with their stories. The new figurines are expected to hit stores around the world in late 2017 or early 2018.