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Hello Kitty now orbiting the Earth, sending messages from space

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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.