The upcoming release of the ‘Barbie’ movie directed by Greta Gerwig is prompting nostalgia for everything Barbie.
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum is riding that wave, and celebrating Barbie’s long career as an astronaut.
1965 Astronaut Barbie
This Miss Astronaut outfit for Barbie was released in 1965 and included a silvery spacesuit with brown boots.
1985 Astronaut Barbie
This 1985 Astronaut Barbie has two outfits, including this pink miniskirt with silver leggings and knee-high pink boots.
1994 Astronaut Barbie
The 1994 Barbie (above) was issued to mark the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
The Air & Space Museum doesn’t have a complete set of space-themed Barbies (yet), but a recent museum blog entry notes that between 2000 and 2020, seven space-themed Barbie dolls were released including a 2013 Barbie that went to Mars in a white spacesuit with pink details.
Sally Ride, the first American woman, and the youngest American to fly in space, was honored with an Inspiring Women Series Barbie in 2019. (Nothing pink here…)
These Barbies Went to Space
In 2022, these two Barbies had the honor of being the first Barbies to actually go to space.
They spent several months on the International Space Station but had to leave their accessories on the ground.
Those two Barbies are the newest addition to the Smithsonian’s collection and are currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, along with the 1965 Miss Astronaut, the 1985 Astronaut Barbie, and the 1994 Moon Landing Barbie.
(All images courtesy Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, except as noted from Mattel)