3, 2, 1… ignition!

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3, 2, 1… ignition!

A team of British scientists launched a meat pie into space. The aim? To see if the meat-and-potato pastry's molecular structure is affected by its wobbly journey above the Earth, thereby making...

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3, 2, 1… ignition!

A team of British scientists launched a meat pie into space. The aim? To see if the meat-and-potato pastry's molecular structure is affected by its wobbly journey above the Earth, thereby making it a slightly less stodgy snack, and to find out how well it would be cooked by the friction from re-entry. According to the organisers, this giant leap for pie-kind reached a height of 29 miles, well into the "near space" region of the upper stratosphere, but short of the Kármán line at 100km where the Earth's atmosphere fizzles out and "outer space" officially starts. The entire voyage took around two hours and it eventually touched down 38 miles from its launch site, near the Forest of Bowland. Organisers have yet to release their analysis of the pie's post-landing structure and consistency.

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Publié le 27/12/2016

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