The only reason I remember my 7th grade science teacher is because he was way more interested in making the class write down every single textbook chapter’s objectives and study guides than he was in teaching us what any of the content actually meant. At another school last month, seventh graders made a badass video of Hello Kitty going into space. And that, with at least one variation on the licensed character being used, is how kids should experience science.
For a science project code-named “The Effects of Altitude on Air Pressure and Temperature,” students from the Nebraskan elementary school Cornerstone Christian sent a weather balloon up into low-level space, attached to a silver rocket ship holding a Hello Kitty doll and sporting a breast cancer awareness ribbon. Thanks to the foresight to strap a camera to the craft — specifically a GoPro camera from High Altitude Science — we can all be awestruck spectators to the only truly fascinating thing that Hello Kitty has ever been a part of.
Amazingly enough, when the balloon burst and the rocket fell back to Earth, it was tracked by GPS and found only 47 miles away. Enjoy the video below, but be warned that the extremely shaky camera may upset those prone to motion sickness.
Besides the ubiquitous “We Are Young” song by Fun that I absolutely despise, the video is a flawless example of how results can sometimes exceed expectations, as well as giving us some fricking amazing shots of this great big marble’s remarkable curvature. Between those shots and the one of the balloon exploding, this may be the most entertaining Internet video I’ve seen this week. The only other contender would be that lesbian Hello Kitty cosplay slumber party video.