13 Year Old Sends Hello Kitty to Near Space in Balloon

13 Year Old Sends Hello Kitty to Near Space in Balloon

A girl's ambitious school project made it to nearly 100,000 feet.

A 13 year old girl in Antioch, California has launched a homemade high altitude balloon that made it to 93,625 feet. While her project was on the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature, Lauren Rojas couldn't help but add a little swag to her shiny silver faux rocket in the form of a Hello Kitty doll. Why Hello Kitty? "I liked her ever since I was 6 years old," Rojas told 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." Launched from an altitude of 623 feet, video footage captured by cameras that Rojas included on the balloon shows as the craft is buffeted by strong winds and travels through the coldest parts of earth's atmosphere. As the balloon ascended, its volume expanded to about 53 times its original size and finally burst. When Hello Kitty and capsule returned to earth, they were 50 feet up in a tree and 47.5 miles from their original launch site.

In addition to Hello Kitty, the balloon carried cameras, barometers, and thermometers. Rodney Rojas, Lauren's father, made his understated opening bid for father of the year by commenting that "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." Lauren Rojas has posted the video to YouTube for the internet to enjoy, and the NY Daily Post is reporting that Rojas' teacher will be showing the video to "all of her classes."

Source: NY Daily News


Rainbow Dash got there first.

Hmm, I can't find the deviant art page where the guy talked about it, looks like his account is deactivated, odd.

I hope my kids have this much burning curiosity for science. It's so moving really and some great camera footage. I always am in awe when I see our world from so high up.

But did she complete the jump successfully?

That's fucking brilliant. You could really see the curvature of the planet just so well!

What I want to know is, how much propellent would be required to let that little rocket actually escape the earth's orbit from that altitude and send Hello Kitty on her way to meet the Aliens...


I would hope my kids do that. That's pretty interesting. Apparently my nephews school had a competition to let off balloons and see whose would go the farthest, my nephew won because his ended up in Wales!

This just in.

Random shaped Hello Kitty capsule kills president.

also good for her! At least someone is doing something with their life!

*looks in mirror


I've seen so many of these "Kid sent something to near-space" videos, and every one is still fascinating to me. I really am glad that kids still have interest in space and science. Makes me feel slightly less worried for the future of our species.

a 13 year old can easily do this for school project.
whenever a big company does this its all over the news for "sending games into space".
told you it was easy, heres your proof.

That had to be one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life...


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