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Iceland Celebrates 50th Birthday By Sending A Nugget To Space

Rebecca Shepherd

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Iceland Celebrates 50th Birthday By Sending A Nugget To Space

Featured Image Credit: Iceland

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The chicken nugget took around one hour 45 minutes to reach 110,000 feet above the earth leaving behind grey skies, Covid-19, Brexit and Piers Morgan. Never thought you'd be so jealous of a chicken nugget, did ya?

It shot through the troposphere to the stratosphere to enjoy momentary peace, clearer skies, spacecraft and possible sightings of the world's highest flying birds such as the Rüppell's Vulture and the Common Crane.

What's more, it would have felt right at home in the stratosphere in freezing temperatures of around -60°C.

Credit: Iceland
Credit: Iceland

Having reached its peak height, Iceland's chicken nugget then rocketed back down to earth at 200 miles per hour, until its parachute launched 19km above ground level for a safe landing.

The nugget was launched from a location close to Iceland's head office in Deeside, North Wales, as the supermarket celebrates a series of huge milestones.

Chicken nuggets have remained a staple in the frozen aisle throughout Iceland's 50-year history, selling more than 10 million chicken nuggets, chunks and strips last week alone.

Credit: Iceland
Credit: Iceland

It is believed that this is the first ever chicken nugget to be sent into space, reaching heights of over 110,000 feet above Earth, which is around 880,000 Iceland chicken nuggets high.

Andrew Staniland, Trading Director at Iceland said: "2020 is a huge year for us as we celebrate our 50th birthday, and we wanted to find ways to mark the occasion, just like anyone celebrating a birthday in lockdown.

"What better way to show that our products are out of this world than by sending one of our customer favourites into space.

"We've all changed the way we shop in recent months and frozen food has never been so popular. We're looking forward to continuing to celebrate our 50th year with customers and thanking them for their support."

Iceland partnered with Sent into Space to send the chicken nugget into the sky. Credit: Iceland
Iceland partnered with Sent into Space to send the chicken nugget into the sky. Credit: Iceland

Iceland partnered with Sent into Space, a team of experts in the field of stratospheric exploration to create the perfect vessel for the nugget to travel in.

Space fanatic Liam Bove, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, has loved the cosmos all his life and his girlfriend of 15 years Becky Dixon has shared in that passion ever since they got together. So as you can imagine, she of course said 'yes' when he popped the question.

Topics: Food, Community, space

Rebecca Shepherd
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