Pie-oneering meat pastry makes bold journey into space (VIDEO)
The meat and potato pie’s galactic journey was launched outside a pub in Wigan in the UK, to celebrate the upcoming World Pie Eating Championships, which we’re sure everyone has marked in their diary.
The pie was attached to a helium weather balloon, along with a camera and tracking equipment, and is believed to be the first pie to ever make the brave journey into the stratosphere.
Amazing video footage shows the ‘pie-oneering’ trip through the clouds and up into space, resulting in some awe inspiring views of the sun and the earth.
All good things must come to an end though and, after a tranquil time spent floating above the earth, the weather balloon appears to burst and the pie begins its descent back down to the fields of Wigan. The entire journey took about three hours.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better result. The pictures are stunning,” Tony Callaghan, the man behind the mission, said. “It would have been nice if the pie had bumped into aliens, though, then they could have entered our pie-eating competition next week.”
This wasn’t just your standard launching of a pie into space, however. The aim was to see if the high-flying trip of up to 30km (19 miles) would alter the molecular structure of the meaty dish. The team recieved permission to send the pie into the sky by the Civil Aviation Authority beforehand.
Scientists believed the pie would freeze on its way up and possibly cook during the descent back to Earth. The results of the experiment have not yet been revealed.