Journey into space with women astronauts and “Dot of Light” 7 years ago

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“I could just look at this beautiful landscape of shiny little dots and this black background and think about all the worlds that could be out there waiting for me to discover them.”

So says astronaut Anousheh Ansari in “Dot of Light,” a new film from writer and director Eliza McNitt, produced in collaboration with Google.

“Dot of Light” tells the story of three women and their pioneering journeys to outer space, using archival footage alongside intimate interviews with Kathryn D. Sullivan, Nicole Stott and Anousheh Ansari. The film incorporates footage captured with Pixel, and is part of a collaboration between McNitt and Google that also includes new limited edition Live Case designs inspired by women astronauts and our collective dream of travelling beyond the stars.

Nicole Stott


The Live Case designs were inspired by artist Eliza McNitt’s conversations with these women astronauts. She says: “The images represent the wonder in the universe that we’ve discovered and the worlds we dream of one day visiting.”

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Writer and director Eliza McNitt

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Dr. Kathryn Sullivan


This design was inspired by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the first American astronaut to float in space. As a a young girl in the 1960s, Jacques Cousteau and the space race were inspiring to Dr. Sullivan: “How does it come to be that some people get to have have this kind of adventure in their life. I wonder if I can ever figure out how to have that in my life?”

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Anousheh Ansari


This design is inspired by Anousheh Ansari’s description of her experience of the “overview effect,” listening to Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” as she watched thunderstorms light up Earth’s skies.

Watch the film above to travel out of this world and see the Earth from space—and through the eyes of these notable women.

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