NASA has released a digital, interactive graphic novel to fulfill the dual objective of commemorating the National Comic Book Day and encouraging youngsters to sign up for its Artemis manned lunar missions.
Titled the ‘First Woman,’ the comic takes the readers through the journey of a fictional character named Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to land on the Moon.
The 40-page comic book offers the traditional reading experience, but the agency prompts the readers to download its companion app on their smartphones. The app contains a host of AR-powered features that users can access by scanning the XR codes printed throughout the book. Readers can take a virtual tour of Orion spacecraft, the Moon, and several other celestial bodies and participate in interactive experiences such as games, videos, and more.
The space agency plans to introduce a Spanish version of the comic soon, and an audio version has already been released on NASA’s SoundCloud.
NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy said, “The story of Callie captures how passion, dedication, and perseverance allow us to turn our dreams into reality.”
“Callie, much like myself, grew her skills, seized learning opportunities, and overcame challenges to become a NASA astronaut. Her diversity is reflected in our own astronaut corps today,” she added.
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