This Friday, NASA announced the launch in Spanish of “First Woman”, a digital and interactive cartoon that presents the story of “Callie Rodriguez”. the first woman to step on the moon, according to the story produced by the US space agency.
The plot of “First Woman: NASA’s Promise to Humanity” stars Rodríguez, “a motivated Afro-Latina who overcomes multiple challenges in her life to become the first woman to explore the Moon,” the space agency said in a statement.
With this fictional graphic novel, now available to read in the language of Cervantes, “NASA aims to inspire the next generation of explorers: the Artemis Generation“, he details.
“While Callie’s story is fictional, the first woman and the first person of color will walk on the Moon, achieving these historic milestones as part of the Artemis missions,” the statement added.
“Callie’s story captures how passion, dedication and perseverance enable us to make our dreams come true,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy.
“Callie, like me, developed her skills, took opportunities to learn and overcame challenges to become a NASA astronaut. (…) it is important that we can see ourselves as the explorers among the stars, “added Melroy.
The cartoon tells that Callie, short for Callista, as a child I dreamed of traveling to space and her dream begins to come true when she is selected as an astronaut candidate.
From there, her goal is to be the first woman to step on Earth’s satellite, something she achieves on a trip with Dan, an astronaut from the Artemis program like herself.
The 40-page comic highlights the space agency’s technologies for traveling to the moon, landing on the moon, and exploring it.
“Translating it into Spanish was the next natural step for NASA, since the agency’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion entails expanding its communications in Spanish to better reach the Hispanic population in the United States and beyond, “the statement explains.
“By highlighting an Afro-Latina and thanks to the translation of the graphic novel into Spanish, we can expand our reach to the Hispanic community, the second largest ethnic community and also the second fastest growing in the country,” he said. Rashahra Lambert, Senior Advisor at NASA.
“Passion and perseverance” lead Callie to make her dreams come true, “but not without facing challenges along the way,” said NASA at the presentation of “First Woman”, the first chapter of which was published on May 25. September, National Comic Strip Day in the USA.
According to the US space agency, several women of flesh and blood have inspired this digital and interactive comic starting with the Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel to space.
Sally Ride, first American woman to travel to space, and Mae C. Jemison and Ellen Ochoa, the first African American and Latina to achieve that goal, respectively, are also among them.