A British supermarket has sent a piece of breaded protein into space.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Iceland Foods Ltd, it sent a chicken nugget into the cosmos.
The grocery store chain hired Sent Into Space to launch the chicken nugget into space. According to its website, Sent Into Space is the “world’s leading space marketing company, specialising in space-themed marketing campaigns and publicity stunts.”
“From a site in rural Wales, the nugget traveled through the Earth’s atmosphere to an altitude of 110,000 feet where it floated in the region known as Near Space,” Sent Into Space wrote in a statement on its website.
The nugget spent an hour “floating” in space in low pressure and temperatures that can drop to -65 degrees Celsius, according to Sent Into Space.
Near space is the region between our livable atmosphere and outer space, according to Sent Into Space. It begins roughly 19km above Earth where atmospheric pressure reaches the point where a human requires a pressurized suit to survive. Outer space begins at roughly 100km above earth.
The nugget was launched near the company’s headquarters in Wales in a gas-filled weather balloon with an auxiliary satellite tracking system and integrated camera support. The Irish News reported that the nugget descended at 200 mph, with a parachute deploying around 62,000 feet for the nugget’s protection.