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NASA American Girl Doll Hits Stores Jan. 1 – And Mars When?

NASA American Girl Doll Hits Stores Jan. 1 – And Mars When?
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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 12:40 PM

A NASA American Girl doll hits stores on Jan. 1 with a goal of getting girls to think about going to Mars, all with encouragement from some of the space agency’s top women. Some parents, though, might find the price out of this world.

The Luciana Vega 2018 Girl of the Year doll is described as a "creative, confident 11-year-old girl and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. And, while she has the skills and smarts to achieve her goals, she also learns that being a good leader and team player right here on Earth is the best first step," toymaker Mattel said.

NASA has used robots and rovers to explore Mars so far, but the space agency has plans to possibly send humans to the red planet in the 2030s, according to NASA's space site. Good timing, by then Luciana will be in her mid-20s.

"We're proud to introduce fans to American Girl's 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega — a champion of STEM and a natural-born leader who puts her whole heart into making her dreams a reality," said Katy Dickson, president of American Girl.

"Luciana is a role model for today's girls – empowering them to defy stereotypes, and embrace risks that will teach them about failure and success as they chart their own course in life – whatever the goal. For us, it's all about building girls of strong character, and it's why we're continuing to encourage girls to lead change and embrace #charactercounts."

The American Girl doll line, which debuted in 1986, has featured a diverse group of characters designed to inspire girls and stress the values of compassion, tolerance, and love, and serve as role models, according to its website.

American Girl said that to ensure the accuracy of the doll's storyline, an invited advisory board includes Ellen Stofan, former NASA chief scientist; Deborah Barnhart, executive director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center; Megan McArthur Behnken, a NASA astronaut, and Maureen O'Brien, manager of strategic alliances at NASA.

American Girl added that the doll's story is chronicled in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic. The company said other efforts promoting the doll will include retail events, online activities, an app, and a Luciana-themed space camp.

Luciana comes with a galaxy of extra accessories, judging by the website, but her price apparently hasn’t been published yet. Similar 18-inch American Girl dolls cost between $150 and $200.

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A NASA American Girl doll hits stores on Jan. 1 with a goal of getting girls to think about going to Mars, all with encouragement from some of the space agency’s top women. Some parents, though, might find the price out of this world.
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