Space and Rocket Center, American Girl partner for Space Camp doll

American Girls 2018 girl of the year doll who was revealed on GMA today is Luciana Vega an aspiring astronaut who hopes to be the first person to go to mars

American Girl's Luciana doll will go on sale January 1.

The Luciana collection is available Jan.1 through American Girl's catalogue, at americangirl.com and at American Girl retail locations nationwide.

Luciana Vega, an 11-year-old aspiring astronaut was revealed as the 2018 doll of the year on Thursday during a segment on Good Morning America.

American Girls 2018 girl of the year doll who was revealed on GMA today is Luciana Vega an aspiring astronaut who hopes to be the first person to go to mars
Courtesy of American Girl

At the same time, designers and editors from American Girl visited the Space Camp of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas, to observe and learn from Space Camp trainees and astronauts.

The American Girl doll line, which debuted in 1986, has featured a diverse group of characters created to inspire girls and stress the values of compassion, tolerance, and love, and serve as role models, according to its website.

Now, today's young girls can get excited about space, thanks the American Girl's 2018 doll of the year, an aspiring astronaut named Luciana Vega.

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The team at American Girl doll was so committed to getting everything right they even worked with NASA employees while developing the doll.

'I was able to follow Lucy through all of her story and adventures, and provide feedback from an astronaut's perspective on the authenticity of her story and the activities that she participated in, ' explained Dr. Behnken said.

Those experts include NASA astronaut Dr. Megan McArthur Behnken; former NASA chief scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan; manager of strategic alliances at NASA Maureen O'Brien, and Dr. Deborah Barnhart, the CEO of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

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'I've been in space and fixed the Hubble space telescope, so I have some perspective on how we use robotics, how we train for robotics'.

In addition, American Girl and Scholastic will host a Mission to Mars Sweepstakes where families can go on a series of weekly missions for a chance to win several prizes, including a grand prize trip to Space Camp valued at over $2,000. Luciana's experiences may be familiar for numerous Women@NASA, including astronauts like Megan, who have overcome obstacles to pursue their dreams.

"Way to go AG another Hispanic doll, this one involved in STEM, we can conquer the world if we work hard!"

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