Hello Kitty now orbiting the Earth, sending messages from space

Posted at 7:42 PM, Aug 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-15 19:42:47-04

Hello Kitty has gone where no toy cat has gone before: Into outer space. And she wants your messages.

Sanrio Co., Ltd., the company responsible for the cute cat, launched a 1.6 inch version of her into orbit in June on a nanosatellite, according to

The figure is riding in a compartment about 28 inches tall, and about 20 inches wide and deep, according to a Sanrio statement.

A digital display sits above a small window showing messages from Earth as she celebrates her 40th anniversary.

“Hello Kitty is standing by to deliver your messages from space!” reads a message on Sanrio’s space Hello Kitty website.