Accompanied by a Barbie doll, an Italian astronaut responds to the demands of young girls!!

4 October, 2022
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Accompanied by a Barbie doll, an Italian astronaut responds to the demands of young girls!!

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the first European leader on the International Space Station, has responded to the demands of young girls, answering their questions about space with a Barbie doll that looks just like her.

Cristoforetti recently took some time to describe experiments aboard the International Space Station, as well as to answer questions from five girls aged between 8 and 11 from all over Europe.

Cristoforetti and Barbie, dressed in space suits, swam in zero gravity while the astronaut spoke. When asked why she became an astronaut, 45-year-old Cristoforetti said, "When I grew up I was fascinated by the night sky and the idea of ​​flying into space, with a sense of adventure and exploration." “Then I became interested in science and technology; After that, I really liked flying, and I started working in the aviation profession. Being an astronaut brings all of these feelings and interests together.”

The video interview, extracts of which were released on Monday, is part of a project that aims to inspire young girls to start their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The interview also coincides with World Space Week, which begins on Tuesday.

The initiative is organized by Inspiring Girls International, a charity that connects girls to international role models. Mattel designed an astronaut-shaped Barbie doll in 2019 and put it on sale in 2021. The company donated some of its profits to Women in Europe, a charity.

The first Barbie doll dressed as an astronaut was made in 1965 and featured in the Mercury Program in the 1960s, which put America's first male astronauts into orbit and paved the way for future space missions.


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