London, October 4
A Barbie doll model of Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has jetted off on a zero-gravity flight with the purpose of inspiring younger women to think about a profession in area and science, expertise, maths and engineering (STEM).
Marking the October 4-10 World Area Week, which this 12 months celebrates girls in area, toy maker Mattel Inc has teamed up with the European Area Company (ESA) and Cristoforetti, who’s presently in coaching for her subsequent mission to the Worldwide Area Station subsequent April.
As a part of the mission, Cristoforetti’s lookalike doll mirrored the preparation an astronaut must do earlier than heading off to area, by travelling and floating on a zero-gravity flight from an ESA base in Germany.
“The mini Samantha doll has already been on a parabolic flight so she already has some expertise with weightlessness,” Cristoforetti, 44, stated in a video assertion.
“I actually hope that by displaying that we are able to create some pleasure for particularly younger women … perhaps … these pictures will kindle a sparkle of ardour in some woman’s coronary heart and that might be unimaginable.”
As a part of the mission, Barbie is sharing instructional assets on area on its web site and proceeds from the brand new Samantha Cristoforetti Barbie doll, beforehand a one-of-a-kind toy, will probably be donated to the Ladies In Aerospace organisation in direction of a PhD pupil bursary. Reuters