The strangest thing I heard about today is people eating hamburgers they sent into space. This first went up the 27th of October, 2012 at 12:22 PM by five Harvard students. “Operation Skyfall: First Hamburger In Space,” landed 130 miles from the launch site.
There is some debate as to where “space” actually starts. The first NASA definition was about 50 miles up, the point at which aircraft control surfaces were no longer useful due to the thin atmosphere. A common space definition is that it begins at the lowest altitude at which satellites can maintain orbits for a reasonable time. This is about 100 miles above the Earth’s surface.
The point for amateur burgers in space, however, is that to the camera, 18 miles up looks enough like space that it’s good enough.
The Space-burger feat was repeated recently when YouTube broadcaster Thomas Stanniland sent a burger 100,000 ft up, which is 18.9 miles, though he said it was about 26 miles. Published Mar 28, 2019.
Weather balloons can rise to an altitude of 24 miles … or more before they burst, and a payload may land (via parachute) up to 75 miles … away, depending on wind conditions at the launch site Via Space
The record at this time is over 32 miles, so getting a burger 26 miles up with the right balloon is plausible.
In 2002, a balloon named BU60-1 reached a record altitude of 53.0 km (32.9 mi; 173,900 ft).
Tom filmed the journey with a GoPro video camera and included a GPS tracker so he was able to retrieve the space hamburger from a soccer field, and ultimately, eat it.
I won’t spoil the surprise. Would you eat a MEATeorite? Watch the video to see if a trip on a weather balloon improved or degraded the taste of a McDonald’s hamburger.