Watch the World's First Pie in Space
What would happen to a tasty meat pie if it was hurled into space? That question was answered after a meat and potato pie was launched 100,000 feet into the air attached by a weather balloon. It is believed to be the very first pastry that has been sent into the stratosphere.
“This is the first step to enable mankind to consume pies with more elegance and comfort,” said Bill Kenyon, the pie baker, to the BBC.
A camera was attached to the baked good and the plan was to measure the molecular changes that will occur to it in space.
The pie launch was also to signal the beginning of the World's Pie Eating Championships in Wigan, England.
Crowds of people gathered in a pub's parking lot for the pie's send-off. After 2 hours in the air, it reached 29 miles in altitude. It was believed that transmission was temporarily lost. Then, the pie made a quick decent and landed 38 miles from its origin. It is assumed the pie did not survive its shape after the crash landing.
via Manchester Evening News
The World's Pie Eating Championship is an annual tradition to kick off the holiday season. It started in 1992 and is usually held in the same pub. Allegedly, it even introduced a vegetarian category of pies in 2006. Various controversies over the quantity and quality of pies have erupted throughout the years. The pie space launch was another attempt to see if the molecular changes would make it easier to eat more quickly.
No news yet on whether the pie tasted delicious or whether it cooked even more on its descent.