Blog: Dean BestClose encounters of the curd kind…

Dean Best | 28 July 2009

Neil Armstrong made it there and Michael Jackson wanted to moonwalk on it.

However, it is now the turn of a wedge of cheddar. Yes, you read right...cheddar.

West Country Cheesemakers have attempted to launch the first cheddar into space…

At 04.00 this morning (28 July) members of the West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers group launched a 300g wedge of cheddar in a large weather balloon 30km into the upper atmosphere of the Earth.

The stunt was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landings and in an attempt to achieve the record for the first space flight undertaken by a piece of cheese. The capsule contains digital camera equipment and a GPS satellite-tracking device. 

However, the cheesemaker revealed this morning that the tracking system failed and the cheese has now disappeared off the radar.

A balloon, designed to burst at the edge of space releasing the cheese attached to a parachute, is now believed to have landed somewhere between Wiltshire and Cambridgeshire based on the day’s meteorological forecasts.

So for those living in the above vicinity, if you happen to spot a wedge of cheese deftly falling through the clouds attached to a parachute, no, you’re not going mad.

A video clip of the launch can be found on the BBC website, click here to view.

Michelle Russell, reporter


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