One small step for Hello Kitty
Space. It used to be called “The Final Frontier.” Evidently now, if you have a weather balloon, space seems to have become just another fun Saturday afternoon.
Recently, a 13-year-old girl launched a balloon with the payload of a Hello Kitty doll more than 90,000 feet into space as part of her seventh-grade science project. My junior high science project paled in comparison: I brought in my guinea pig named Ham and showed how I trained it to squeak at the sound of crunching lettuce. I got a C-. The teacher said it lacked “scientific design and methodology,” but I think I got graded down because Ham thought his finger was a leafy green.
But back to the idea of launching things into space. It would appear that ordinary people have been using weather balloons to launch all kinds of things into the stratosphere. Here’s a list of some of the stuff that has ballooned into the heavens:
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