Japan-Funded Mission Sends Hello Kitty To Space

A 4-cm (1.6-inch) tall Hello Kitty figurine is seen under a scrolling display in front of a window of the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 (3 out of 5 grins)
I’m sure you’ve heard about how Japan sent the most popular kawaii feline into outer-space in a government-funded mission.  I started hearing about this last month.  Since I’m a cat lover and a long-time Hello Kitty fan, I can’t help but feel proud about this story.  I feel so inspired.  If this stationary stuffed figure got the chance to explore space, certainly anyone can do it, right?  As long as you’re kawaii enough to appeal to a massive audience, I’m sure that some government will fund a mission to send you to space.  Here is an excerpt taken from Reuters regarding this news:

Hello Kitty, Japan’s ambassador of cute, is on a government-funded mission to space.

The project to launch Sanrio Co Ltd’s white cat with a pink bow into orbit is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to promote Japan’s high-tech industry and engineer economic growth.

A 4-cm (1.6-inch) tall Hello Kitty figure is aboard the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite, looking through a window at Earth, Sanrio announced this week.

The satellite, which is about the size of a large rubbish bin, was developed by Japanese researchers as part of a $40 million program funded by the education and science ministry.

The goal of the project is to get more private companies interested in working with satellites, said Toshiki Tanaka, researcher in charge of the project at the University of Tokyo’s Nano-Satellite Center. “Japan sends Hello Kitty into space”, Reuters

This is such an incredible story, in my opinion.  I’m a bit envious of Hello Kitty.  I once dreamed of becoming an astronaut, you know.  Oh well.  As a fan, I’m proud of her.  Although there’s a part of me that can’t help but snicker, but that’s just a tiny part, I promise.  Finally, watch this video of Hello Kitty with a view of Earth in outer-space asking you to send your messages so that it can be featured from space.  Enjoy!


Uploaded by:  sanriojapan

Links:
Sanrio Japan (Japanese)
Sanrio (Official Home of Hello Kitty & Friends) – US & Canada


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14 thoughts on “Japan-Funded Mission Sends Hello Kitty To Space”

  1. Hi there Arria, nice site you have here and thanks for dropping by mine and liking some of my posts. Did you hear the latest news about Hello Kitty not being a cat? I thought it was really odd as she is obviously a cat.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment and you’re welcome. I like discovering interesting posts and yours piqued my interest.

      Indeed, I read about it. Sanrio claims that it’s a cartoon character and not a cat. Oh well. I still think of Miss Hello Kitty as a cat, no matter what they say. Thanks for dropping by. Keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  2. This is so nuts, eh? When I first heard about it, I thought it was made up! That said, I have to agree that it’s cute, since I also love Miss HK but… I have to forget about all the momey that was spent to make it happen.

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    1. I know, right? Me, too. I thought it was made up, so I had to check various sources before I truly believe. Oh, well. They used Hello Kitty for the publicity and it worked, so I think it was a job well done for them. I just hope that Hello Kitty would be able to return to Earth someday. 😉
      Anyway, thanks for dropping by!

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      1. I am obsessed with hello kitty and deep down it bugs me that it is sent to space. What a waste!
        ok now i am officially creepy, don’t trouble yourself i will so myself out.

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      2. I don’t think that you’re at the “creepy” level yet. (●´艸`)
        It doesn’t bother me that much that Hello Kitty was sent to space. I’m proud of her, but there’s still a part of me (a SMALL part) that rolls my eyes whenever I think about this project.

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    1. I can’t help but agree though at least it is for a good cause. Just think of how much effort humans put into a good cause, it makes me proud a little more so than thinking how bizarre the project was.

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      1. Indeed. It is bizarre, but as they’re claiming that they did it for the sake of encouraging more people to partake in technological advances, I guess that it can be justified then. Using Hello Kitty succeeded in gaining much-needed publicity. Now let’s just all watch whether or not it worked for their original purpose.

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