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Hello Kitty Joins The Space Race

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers. Hello Kitty is taking one small step for man, one giant leap for cats. Japan's favorite mouthless feline is currently orbiting the Earth on a government-funded space mission. The Hello Kitty project is part of a push to promote Japan's high-tech industry. But it hasn't been easy for the one-and-a-half inch figurine. Japanese researchers had to use special paint to protect Hello Kitty from cosmic rays. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.