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Harvard students send hamburger into low orbit

Published time: November 11, 2012 12:53
Edited time: November 11, 2012 17:51
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One snack boldly went where no junk food has gone before: Harvard University students sent the first hamburger into space, 30,000 meters above the Earth, and filmed its trip. The video, uploaded to YouTube, already has over 200,000 views.

­The video – 'Operation Skyfall: First hamburger in space' – was uploaded a week ago and shows five friends from Harvard sending a days-old hamburger into space.

The space enthusiasts sprayed the burger with some varnish so that it remained in one piece on its epic journey.

“It’s a couple of days old actually, but that’s good, because we need it to be hard,” One of the students says in the video.

They attached the burger to a specially designed platform with a video camera and a GPS-equipped smartphone, inflated a weather balloon with helium to carry the unusual payload, and voila! The hamburger set off on its first-of-its-kind space journey.

The burger launched in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, eventually reaching a max altitude of around 30,000 meters before the balloon burst and sent it freefalling back to the ground. The space-traveling hamburger and the equipment landed on a tree outside Boston.

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