Lego toys immortalize women of NASA

Women of NASA

It’s all systems go for a new set of Lego minifigures celebrating women researchers at NASA, including the central figure in the acclaimed movie “Hidden Figures.”

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who worked out trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs, is among the five women portrayed in the set. At the age of 98, Johnson has gotten a renewed burst of Hollywood fame (including an appearance at this week’s Oscars) thanks to her part in the real-life story behind “Hidden Figures.”

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By Alan Boyle

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