Girl Sends ‘Hello Kitty’ Doll into Near Space for Science Project [Video]

Lauren Rojas of Antioch, Calif., wanted to test the effects of altitute on air pressure and temperature for school. She documented the journey taken by her furry friend who launched skyward.

That’s one small step for Hello Kitty, one giant leap for Hello Kitty fans.

“Our epic space mission begins as we launch the space balloon…”

So begins probably the nicest video of  this week, which follows a group of kick-ass 7th graders at Cornerstone Christian School as they build their own balloon-rocket and send a Hello Kitty doll into space. They even attach a camera to their balloon for a spectacular view of earth.

A seventh-grade girl from California, who wanted to test the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature for a class assignment at the Cornerstone Christian School, knew of one thing that would make her science project even more exciting: Hello Kitty.

Lauren Rojas strapped her Hello Kitty doll on the flight gear that she collected from High Altitude Science and attached GoPro Hero2 video cameras to record the journey.

As seen in 46 seconds before launch, the student documents her step-by-step process using items like a Styrofoam cooler, a hot glue gun and reflective tape.

After securing the GoPro cam’s holders to all four-sides of the box, her small silver spray-painted rocket featuring a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon is additionally attached with one camera focused on the perched doll sitting halfway inside, says the Daily Mail.

Next a white weather balloon is attached to the contraption with the girl seen strenuously holding on until lift off.

At the signal, the resulting footage is purely remarkable as the doll is seen soaring in the air with the city’s occasionally twirling backdrop behind.

“I liked her ever since I was 6 years old,” Lauren told the NY Daily News. “My love for Hello Kitty has never gone away and I thought it would be really fun to add a toy inside the rocket.”

“It took a couple of weeks to put it all together,” she explained.

Her aim was to test the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature for a class assignment at the Cornerstone Christian School.

Rojas, who was 12 at the time, launched the rocket from an altitude of 623 feet in 43-degree weather and it soared through strong winds, and finally reached its apex: 93,625 feet above the planet.

At its highest point, the balloon expanded 53 times larger than its original size at takeoff and burst open, causing the rocket to plummet back to Earth.

But the rocket did not reach the ground as it got caught 50 feet above the ground in a tree, 47.5 miles from the launch sight.

“In the end it really turned out to be much more than a science experiment. It’s something that we will remember for a long time,” said Lauren’s father Rodney, who helped his daughter accomplish her goal.

Lauren already showed the video to her teacher, who will play it for all of her classes on Monday.

“I think they’ll think it’s really cool,” Lauren said.

She also uploaded the video to YouTube where it has already been sighted more than 27,000 times. (ANI).

The girl has been really  surprised and delighted by how many people from all over the world have responded to her video.

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