What did you do in Grade Seven science class?
Ever launch a camera (or anything else) into outer space? Didn't think so.
Well recently, three innovative young women at Cornerstone Christian School in the U.S. did just that. For a school science project, the students appear to have actually launched a Hello Kitty doll into space on a homemade rocket ship, CBS News reports. They decorated the vessel with a pink ribbon and equipped it with GoPro cameras to document the whole process.
The result is this gorgeous video:
Hello Kitty and her cameras landed in a tree about 76 km from where the girls launched the rocket, according to a student who uploaded the video. They tracked it with a SPOT Satellite GPS, she says.
And it flew to over 28,500 meters before the balloon carrying it burst. That's about three times the typical altitude of a commercial aircraft.
So how did they do it?
Apparently sending toys into space is pretty easy. The young scientists sent the Hello Kitty doll skyward using a simple weather balloon kit they bought from High Altitude Science.
This isn't the first time students have sent an object into the upper atmosphere. Just last year, two Toronto teenagers sent a Lego figurine and four cameras into space with similar pieces gathered on Craigslist for less than $500.
Our writers took a shot at it too. We launched a Strombo space balloon program to send our buddy "Frogoulopoulos" into the stratosphere. You can watch that video here:
Luckily, it didn't work. Luckily, that is, because experts say it may just be risky.
Following the Lego man mission, aviation experts warned that what seems like a fun science experiment could actually bring down an airplane.
Most weather balloons are launched from governed sites, Capt. Barry Wiszniowski, chairman of Air Canada Pilots Association's safety division told the Toronto Star last year.
If an unexpected balloon popped up, pilots might not have enough time to react. The impact to the plane could be damaging, especially if the object got sucked into an engine, he said.
So as tempting as it is to send balloons up there (and we know it is!), maybe it's best not to be a Hello Kitty copycat.