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Barbie and Space Exploration: Iconic Doll's Astronaut Looks (Photos)

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Barbie is an icon among toys, so it's no surprise that in the 60 years since Mattel launched the doll, she's seen her share of space travel and exploration. Here's a photo tour of Barbie in space (and as a space scientist) over the years! 

Retro Astronaut Barbie (2019)

Here's two looks for Mattel's 60th anniversary Astronaut Barbie to celebrate the doll line's birthday. The new dolls were launched in 2019 to celebrate Barbie's 60th birthday.  (Image credit: Left: Kasandra Brabaw/Space.com, Right: Mattel)

Here's two looks for Mattel's 60th anniversary Astronaut Barbie to celebrate the doll line's birthday. The new dolls were launched in 2019 to celebrate Barbie's 60th birthday.  

Astrophysicist Barbie (2019)

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 Astrophysicist Barbie is a collaboration between Mattel and National Geographic and was unveiled at the 2019 Toy Fair in New York City. The doll will be available later in 2019. 

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Barbie (2018)

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 On Oct. 11, 2019, Mattel Italia released two Barbie dolls modeled after European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut, spent 199 days in space from November 2014 to June 2015 as a flight engineer with the Expedition 42 and 43 crews of the International Space Station. 

Mars Explorer Barbie (2013)

Barbie went to Mars in 2013 with this career of the year doll. The Mars Explorer Barbie was launched on Aug. 5, 2013 in honor of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landing on the Red Planet in 2012. Read the Full Story

Mars Explorer Barbie with Accessories

Mattel's Mars Explorer Barbie comes with a helmet and oxygen tank. Image released on Aug. 05, 2013. Read the Full Story

Barbie Goes to Mars

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Mattel's Mars Explorer Barbie doll has launched on the first "one-doll" mission to Mars, in collaboration with NASA. Image released Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

Mars Explorer Barbie in Box

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A pink Curiosity rover is featured on the back of the Mars Explorer Barbie box. Image released Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

Barbie on Mars

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Mars Explorer Barbie floats freely in space, on her way to the Red Planet. Image released Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

Mars Explorer Barbie (2013)

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This Mars Explorer Barbie represents the doll's career of the year for 2013. Image released Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

Mars Explorer Barbie Box

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The back of the Mars Explorer Barbie box lists fun facts about space. Image released Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

Astronaut Barbie (1965)

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Mattel released an astronaut Barbie outfit in 1965, long before an American woman flew in space. Image uploaded Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

Astronaut Barbie (1985)

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Mattel promotional image for its 1985 "Astronaut Barbie." Image uploaded Aug. 5,2013. Read the Full Story

'Star Trek' Barbie and Ken (1996)

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Barbie and Ken took a trip to the Starship Enterprise with their "Star Trek" outfits. Image uploaded Aug. 5, 2013. Read the Full Story

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