The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a collaboration with the producer of the famous blonde dolls in pink – Barbie. The company introduced a new model of a modern, strong and independent astronaut doll.
The prototype was Samantha Cristoforetti – the only acting astronaut from Europe. Samantha is 42 years old, she is the first woman in space from Italy. The only flight of the astronaut lasted 199 days. She went to the ISS in 2014 on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft.
ESA and Barbie are hoping that Cristoforetti will inspire girls to learn science, engineering and space. True, to buy a toy does not work: the doll is released in a single copy and, apparently, should excite the minds of children with one fact of its existence.