(PCM) Japan has finally sent Hello Kitty into space! The adorable pop culture icon is currently on a government-funded mission to space. The mission has been put in place to promote Japan’s high-tech industry, as well as, engineer economic growth.
The 4 centimeter tall Hello Kitty figure is on-board the Hodoyoshi-3 satellite and has recently been seen looking through the window at the planet Earth. The satellite was developed by Japanese researchers as part of a $40 million dollar that has been funded by the education and science ministries.
Opening October 11th and on view through April 26th, 2015, Hello! will explore the phenomenon and evolution of Hello Kitty through an extensive product retrospective featuring rare, unique and vintage pieces from Sanrio’s archives that embody the company’s mission of fostering and sharing happiness, friendship and fun, and an art exhibit featuring 40 mixed-media works by contemporary artists. Workshops, lectures, and panel discussions will be offered during the run of the exhibition.