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Antioch Teen Sends Hello Kitty to Space


Kudos to Paul Burgarino of the Contra Costa Times for a nice story out of Antioch about Lauren Roja’s Hello Kitty who was sent out to space as part of a science experiment. The Hello Kitty weather balloon traveled 93,625 feet above the planet and was airborne for about 90 minutes.

Rojas’ family documented the journey with four cameras and condensed the footage into a YouTube video. With the fun. song “We Are Young” playing as a backdrop, the video shows the different camera angles of the rocket’s flight, the weather balloon bursting and Hello Kitty’s fall back to Earth.

The video is 3:46 and is just awesome!

According to Burgarino,

The shy 13-year-old was watching television with her father when they saw a Citibank commercial showing three men using reward points for a weather balloon.

“I thought that was one of the coolest things ever, and thought right away it would be good for a project,” Lauren said.

It so happened that all Cornerstone seventh-graders had to create a science experiment. Lauren decided to test the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature as a weather balloon rose.

“When she first brought the idea to me, I had to make sure that it was an experiment and not a demonstration,” teacher Annette Cluck said. “After she showed what she planned to do, I said, ‘Go, girl.'”

 Click here to go read the article along with viewing of the video


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