Hello Kitty doll travels into near space for science project.
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Lauren Rojas, a seventh-grade girl, launched a Hello Kitty doll on a trip through the stratosphere for a school assignment, according to the New York Daily News. The 13-year-old girl conducted the project in order to examine the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature for her class at Cornerstone Christian School in Antioch, California.
Hello Kitty is a fictional character designed by Yuko Shimizu. The character was first introduced on a vinyl coin purse in Japan in 1974 and brought to the United States in 1976. The character is extremely popular with elementary- and middle-school children.