Watch: Hello Kitty Soars Into SpaceA 13-year-old girl sent the doll into the stratosphere via a weather balloon
A 13-year-old girl from Antioch, Calif., recently went above and beyond for her seventh grade science project. With the help of her dad, Lauren Rojas launched a weather balloon carrying a rocket into the stratosphere to study the effects of altitute on air pressure and temperature. Adding a personal touch to the craft, Lauren placed a favorite Hello Kitty doll at its helm. Equipped with GoPro Hero2 cameras to record the flight, the balloon and its kitty captain soared to a stunning 93,625 feet, or 17.7 miles above Earth. Technically, that's not space, which begin at 62 miles up. Still, it's high enough to see the curvature of the Earth.