Stargazing doll travels to space

Dr Karen Masters

Dr Karen Masters with Stargazer Lottie

A stargazing doll designed with the help of a University of Portsmouth cosmologist is on her way to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronaut and alumnus Tim Peake.

The Stargazer Lottie doll was inspired by a six-year-old girl called Abigail who wanted an astronomy-themed doll to help other children learn about space.

The doll was launched into space today with Tim Peake on his Principia mission to the ISS, which orbits some 250 miles from earth.

Leading female astrophysicist, Dr Karen Masters, was the ‘astronomical consultant’ who offered guidance and advice on the design of Lottie.

Britain's first astronaut Tim Peake

Britain’s first astronaut Tim Peake

Ahead of Tim’s blast-off this morning, she said: “We’re already very excited about Tim Peake’s launch into space because he’s an alumnus of the University so it’s even more exciting to hear that the Lottie doll will be going with him. I was thrilled to be asked to help with this doll, which I hope will help inspire the next generation of female scientists.”

The Stargazer Lottie doll is described as a ‘pro-girl’ doll, with a body that is based on the proportions of a real life nine year old, practical clothes and no make-up or jewellery.

Tim and Lottie left Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket just after 11am today and will not return to Earth for six months. To mark the launch Dr Masters and cosmology colleagues have wished Tim good luck in 15 languages.

Stargazer Lottie

Stargazer Lottie

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  1. I cannot begin to explain the value of this (as the parent of a 7yo girl who’s also getting her first reflector telescope this christmas)! Thanks to all involved.

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