A group of Harvard students have sent the first hamburger into space (kind of). Because what else do you do with an Ivy League degree anyway?
The burger they launched into the stratosphere (not quite space, contrary to their proclamation that it’s “the first hamburger in space”) started out in Sturbridge, Mass. and reached 30,000 meters before landing 130 miles away in Byfield, Mass. — 100 feet off the ground, stuck in a tree.
Since the burger was accompanied by a GoPro Hero (as well as a HTC Rezound phone), we have a silly video of the endeavor. The burger was double coated with a spray-on varnish and screwed to an acrylic board that was secured to a helium-filled weather balloon.
When the guys finally caught up with the burger thanks to GPS tracking, they tried to get it down by shooting it with a bow they borrowed from a local. After that proved unsuccessful (they don’t teach archery at Harvard?), they did what Harvard kids do best: hired someone to climb the tree to retrieve the burger, according to Serious Eats.