Ladies have something to be proud of this past week with the announcement that LEGO will immortalize NASA’s first lesbian astronaut.
Sally Ride passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012, but she left behind a legacy that literally reached for the stars. In 1983, the physicist and astronaut with a Ph.D from Stanford University was the first woman who shot off into space from the United States, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982).
Ride hid her sexual life from the press throughout her life, but came out posthumously in an obituary.
Deputy Editor at MIT News and devout LEGO enthusiast Maia Weinstock created the design for Ride which won the LEGO competition.
“What she did to support women and girls in the STEM fields is remarkable,” Weinstock said an interview with the press.
Sally isn’t the only lass receiving a LEGO piece. The iconic Danish company is throwing together a set of five women who have revolutionized space science over the years.