Mattel Is Launching Astrophysicist Barbie
By Kasandra Brabaw
NEW YORK — In Fall 2019, Mattel will release Astrophysicist Barbie as part of a collaboration with National Geographic aimed at inspiring kids into STEM subjects. The doll will retail for $14.99. Astrophysicist Barbie comes with a telescope, a star chart, and a fun nebula-printed shirt (like you'd likely find in the closet of a a real-life astrophysicist). Astrophysicist Barbie is one of five different careers developed by Mattel with National Geographic. The others are: a Wildlife Conservationist, a Polar Marine Biologist, a Wildlife Photojournalist and an Entomologist.
Barbie has a long history of exploring the cosmos, having first donned a spacesuit more than 50 years ago. "Barbie took her first spacewalk in 1965 and has been shooting for the stars ever since,"reads the back of the new Barbie's packaging. The first astronaut Barbie was named "Miss Astronaut." The doll was redesigned in 1985, 1994, 1998, and 2016, with her spacesuit changing in each incarnation— sometimes not-so-realistic, like the '80s doll who wore a pink and silver mini-skirt spacesuit with sparkly tights, and sometimes more realistic like when Mattel collaborated with NASA on a Mars Explorer doll in 2013.>>
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