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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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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!)

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Psaho

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

No Barbie she.

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

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> and her head would explode.

Only if wasn't a complete vacuum.

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Inside or outside?

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@inside or outside?

See icon. Yes, for real.

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Myth.

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.

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LoL

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" ?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Barbierella?

See title.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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

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Well...

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

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

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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.

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says:

Per roseus ad astra

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Does Elon Musk have one?

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

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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'.

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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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Barbie on Mars

will never be as good as

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092546/

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