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NASA's real-world space program may be mired in funding disputes, but that won't stop American toy company Mattel's iconic fashion doll Barbie from taking to the stars once more, with a new "Barbie I Can Be ... Mars Explorer" edition. The doll, a collaboration between Mattel and NASA, was released to coincide with the one-year …


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  1. Herby

    Maybe NASA could ask for a royality?

    To fund another Mars Probe??

    Say $1.00 on each. Might be worthwhile then.

    (You heard it here first!)

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge


    Laureline had a far better outfit back in the 70s....

    No Barbie she.

  3. Greg J Preece

    In fairness, if it was real-world accurate, you'd rip it in seconds and her head would explode.

    1. Richard Plinston

      > and her head would explode.

      Only if wasn't a complete vacuum.

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

        Inside or outside?

        1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

          @inside or outside?

          See icon. Yes, for real.

      2. Suricou Raven


        Humans do not explode in space. NASA tested it with animal models, and there's been one case of accidental depressurisation of a human. He survived. The loss of pressure results in very rapid unconsciousness, but no pop.

        True explosive decompression has occured, but not in space. One-to-zero atmosphere just isn't enough. The only incident in which that has happened an accident with a pressurised divers' chamber on the Byford Dolphin drilling rig. That was a drop from nine atmospheres to one.

        It was messy.

        One diver's lungs exploded with so much force, the *blew his spine out of his body*. Chunks of ex-human were found ten meters away - upwards. That's one impressive way to die.

  4. Combat Wombat


    That's utterly hilarious.

    But we all know the first humans on mars will be men.

    Does that mean Mars will belong to "The patriarchy" ?

    1. Steven Roper

      Re: LoL

      Actually, given the power the PC lobby now wields in the media and Western government institutions, it's more likely the first person on Mars will be an African-American transgendered gay/lesbian feminist. Can't let those evil oppressive white male hetero cis scum have all the glory now can we?

    2. Pypes

      Re: LoL

      As there seems to be a consensus that a one way trip to mars is far more practical, combined with several million volunteers it seems not entirely unlikely that the first humans on mars will be predominantly female, along with 2 or 3 very lucky men.

      1. Suricou Raven

        Re: LoL

        The US wouldn't do that - there isn't much political gain to be had in sending people to die. Lots of good science to do, but no votes.

        China would do it though.

  5. stucs201


    See title.

  6. pip25

    Such old-fashioned thinking

    No gloves? That's what force fields are for, my good friend. You have to think big! Mars Explorer Barbie will be for women's spacewear what Minority Report was for user interaction! We are given a glimpse to a most glorious future! (And that future is pink!)

    How sad it is to see El Reg stuck behind the times to such an extent.

  7. Richard 12 Silver badge

    She can't look down, either.

    There's a reason for bubble helmets, and there's a reason they bubble at shoulder height...

    - It also really emphasises her misproportioned neck.

  8. Bob Dunlop

    Does she come with her own twitter feed full of hate mail and bomb threats ?

  9. james 68

    the backpack is obviously for carrying around her tiny rat like dog in comfort, why would she need an air supply? as an obvious airhead of such calibre she would probably carry enough oxygen/nitrogen mix in her cranium to last the entire mission.

    barbie as a young girls role model = LOL

  10. John 110

    Does it come with a catheter? Oh wait Barbie doesn't need one...

  11. The BigYin

    Well...'s certainly a better role model than the usual crap flavours Barbie comes in.

    1. james 68

      Re: Well...

      heh - that comment made me have images of someone chewing on barbies, om nom nom lol

  12. P Saunders

    so where's the ray gun?

    since we're suspending all pretences to science here, she'll need a ray gun to blast those pesky Martians.

  13. lawndart


    Per roseus ad astra

  14. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Does Elon Musk have one?

    And does Jebadiah Kerbal try to hit on her all the time?

  15. JCitizen Bronze badge

    Her suit is actually just as accurate...

    as any designer could come up with. You don't need much of a suit on Mars, as long as it is made of tough rip stop no leak matterial. One could even envision, that oxygen could be concentrated from the sparse CO2 in the atmosphere, much similar to medical devices that do the same thing. There is just enough ATM pressure that any thing like it would work. Just sayin'.

    1. Suricou Raven

      Re: Her suit is actually just as accurate...

      Mars's pressure is under a kilopascal. Even breathing pure oxygen, you wouldn't get enough partial pressure to stay alive, much less do any science. So a pressure suit is essential.

      It doesn't have to be as thick and durable as a spacesuit though. Less radiation, for a start. One idea is a stretchy-suit, using elastic to remain form-fitting while keeping an internal pressure just high enough to be workable on pure oxygen. That approach would give much more flexibility than the clunky, stiff spacesuit design.

      Barbie isn't wearing that though, as her suit is noticeably loose and doesn't seal at hands and feet. The only way barbie might be able to function on that suit would be if some major oxygen-consuming organ was removed to lessen the load...

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  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Barbie on Mars

    will never be as good as

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