Gallery: 13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Int...

 

Pencil boxes, t-shirts, jewelry, stationary—Hello Kitty seems to be everywhere on earth. Thanks to seventh grader Lauren Rojas’ science project for Cornerstone Christian School in Antioch, California, the iconic feline has also now been to space. Inspired by a Visa commercial showing a couple of guys sending a balloon into the upper atmosphere, Rojas decided to create her own mission to examine the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature. Her video of the experiment went viral, and garnered nearly 1 million views on YouTube, making a celebrity out of the student and her beloved Hello Kitty doll.

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