Swedish Scientists Send Donut Into Space with a Helium Balloon

It’s official: the people of Earth have now sent a donut to space. Swedish brothers launch first donut that reaches the edge of space at 32km above ground level.

Swedish Scientists Send Donut into Space with a Helium BalloonSwedish brothers Alexander and Benjamin Jönsson, a group called Stratolys, launched their confectionery cargo from Norway last week, sending it up 32 kilometres above the surface of the earth, right to the edge of space, filming every moment with an adjacent camera onto what looks to be some sort of transparent plastic board.

The board was subsequently attached to weather balloon filled with helium and the donut flew into the stratosphere, reaching nearly 20 miles into the sky above before the balloon reached it’s limit and popped. Sending all parties involved, astronauts Captain Donut, Major Camera, and Lieutenant Plastic Board, plummeting back to the good old earthen surface.

I’m really into space and photography and I used to play around with weather balloons back in school. Then we had the idea that we should send something really crazy up into space and thought ‘hey, nobody has ever sent a donut up before,” Alexander told The Local.

The two brothers, who come from Lysekil in Sweden, close to the Norwegian border, launched their craft from Askim in Norway together with pals John Johansson, Johannes Jönsson and Rasmus Ankarskär, as it was much cheaper to get the necessary flying permits.

The permit is free in Norway, but it would have cost us around 11,000 kronor ($1,245) in Sweden,” said Alexander.

Swedish Scientists Send Donut into Space with a Helium Balloon

A few hours after the launch, the vessel crash landed across the border in Lake Vättern, where volunteers from the Swedish Sea Rescue Society salvaged the wreckage of the air balloon and the soggy remains of the donut. Alexander and Benjamin posted a video of the venture on social media, which has gone viral in their home country.

Well, well, well. It is not the first time weird objects have been ejected into space. Luke Skywalker’s light sabre and some pizza are but a few of the items sent far into the depths of our universe by space agencies. And in 2008, Nasa transmitted Beatles song ‘Across the Universe’ in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth.

The donut survived its journey to space without any hitch but tragically it did not survive its long wait to be rescued.


via The Local

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