This delicious stratosphere experiment really goes against the (whole) grain.
YouTube personality Tom Scott has posted a video on Monday (April 23) in which a weather balloon ascends 35.8 kilometers above the surface of the earth and rides down parachutes with half a loaf of Butternes parmesan sprinkled garlic bread. The whole trip was filmed by a camera attached to the balloon device. "Lots of people have put a lot of things on balloons, usually as publicity stunts, but … those objects were not shot into space," Scott said of his inspiration for the flight.
According to Scott, the balloon essentially travels to the edge of the room because "the atmosphere there is so thin ̵
One half of the garlic bread loaf (chosen as the payload, "because it's yummy," Scott said), remained on Earth as a taste control as the team finally bit into the sky-high bread. Team members include Steve Randall of Random Aerospace, whose invention was featured in the video, and Barry Lewis of the YouTube channel "My Virgin Kitchen," who bunkered the payload into which the team would later fork out.
To Be Safe When the bread fell back to earth, nothing went "rye" and Randall installed a spring system in the open box containing the garlic bread payload. With GPS and an automatic device called Servomechanismus closed the box according to Randall "a thousand meters [3,281 feet] above the ground".
To learn more about the bread behind the experiment, visit Lewis's YouTube page, where he tests various roles for the job.