On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the birth of the usual game for girls Barbie, Mattel (through a series of one-off dolls, inspired by heroines of our time who have helped to break the mold), has dedicated, that of "Woman and Science ", to Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in the crews of the European Space Agency and who, in 2014, carried out a series of scientific experiments on board the international space station.
Cristoforetti received her prototype on 11 October, on the day dedicated to girls by the United Nations.
"I hope you inspire the girls to understand that they have to dream without setting any necessary limits. It is significant for a Barbie doll to represent a woman of Science" he commented.
Classe1977, military, aviatrix, astronaut and Italian engineer, with the ISS Expedition 42 / Expedition 43 Futura mission of the 2014-2015 has achieved the European record and the female record of stay in space in a single flight (199 days), the latter passed in September 2017 by the American Peggy Whitson. An asteroid called also was dedicated to Cristoforetti 15006 Samcristoforetti, discovered already in the 1998.