"First doll in space designed by 6 year old girl travels to the International Space Station with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake"
This shortfilm (4min58s) 'Lottie In Space' features six-year-old Abigail, the girl from B.C Canada, who inspired the Stargazer Lottie Doll. We find out about her passion for space, how the Stargazer Lottie Doll came to be, and learn about Stargazer Lottie reaching the International Space Station to join British ESA Astronaut, Tim Peake on the Principia mission December 2015.
Six year old Abigail has designed Stargazer Lottie doll, who is traveling to the International Space Station with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake. The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a collaboration with the European Space Agency, and winner of the space.com ‘Little Scientist’ Space Age Award at the New York Toy Fair 2015.
6 year old Abigail is the star of a short video by female filmmaker Elena Rossini about the girl who has designed the first doll to go into space. Stargazer Lottie will visit the International Space Station along with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake in December 2015, travelling ahead on board Orbital ATK's “S.S. Deke Slayton II” Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on December 6, 2015.
[0.27] “Sometimes I look up and think…maybe I could go up there one day…or could I somehow see what’s up there”
Abigail’s idea for an astronomy themed doll to help other kids learn about space was the inspiration behind the Stargazer Lottie doll. During her time on board the ISS, Stargazer Lottie will fulfil her mission to get kids interested in space. Supplemental materials are available to download from the lottie.com website, including biographies of notable women in astronomy, and educational activities created by UNAWE, the global science educational outreach programme.
[3.43] “So maybe one day I will go and see many stars, even more than I saw from earth, and I will just say to myself …wow! How lucky am I to be living”
The video shows Abigail at home with her brother and Mom Zoe in Comox, British Colombia, Canada, talking about her passion for space. Her words capture the specialness and magical wonder of childhood, and the importance of letting children be children, and enjoy their childhood, with unfettered hope and idealistic dreams for the future. For Abigail, that vision has been brought to life.
Mom Zoe explains how she emailed Arklu, the co behind the award-winning Lottie line of dolls, to say that Abigail’s passion for all things space related had given her the idea for an astronomy themed doll.
Her idea caught the attention of toyco Arklu who created the Stargazer Lottie doll, in collaboration with ESA, the European Space Agency, and with help from Dr. Karen Masters, a real life female astronomer at Portsmouth University.
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