Meet NASA's american girl doll, the space-inspired luciana vega

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Though American Girl hasn't yet started selling Luciana and her gear online (the countdown clock suggests we'll get her come January 1), it appears she comes with a very cool looking space suit, in addition to her own NASA uniform and, apparently, part of a space station.

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.

American Girl debuted its line of dolls and elaborate accessories in 1986, with much success.

NASA said it is collaborating with American Girl, a doll and book company, to inspire children to dream big and reach for the stars.

Children also can connect with the doll via the American Girl app, where they can scan the catalog pages and products "to unlock exclusive content, including augmented reality, trailers and videos, space simulations, quizzes and challenges", the statement said.

American Girl, which is owned by Mattel, announced their annual Doll of the Year on Good Morning America on Thursday.

On Jan. 1, the American Girl doll company will release its 2018 "Doll of the Year", an ambitious 11-year-old Chilean named Luciana Vega who is ready to do what it takes to become an astronaut and explore Mars.

The doll, its back story and its product line were developed with advice from NASA astronaut Megan McArthur Behnken, former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan, U.S. Space and Rocket Center CEO Deborah Barnhart and Maureen O'Brien, manager of strategic alliances at NASA.

'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 honor of Lea, American Girl teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to encourage artistic young girls to sell some of their work and donate the proceeds to the WWF.

There's no word yet on how much Luciana will set parents back, but the pricey dolls usually go for between $60 and $115 - and that doesn't include accessories.

She follows in the footsteps of dancer and poet Gabriela McBride, who was the 2017 doll of the year.

American Girl's editors and designers visited NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., to get acquainted with astronauts as well as Space Camp trainees. With each collectible doll comes a detailed background story. More importantly, they made Lea a tiny sloth.