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Scottish scientists send a teacake in to space

Posted on Monday, 16 October, 2017 | Comment icon 8 comments

Where no teacake has gone before. Image Credit: Glasgow Science Center
Thousands of people watched online as the popular confectionery was launched in to the heavens on Friday.
Masterminded by scientists at the Glasgow Science Center (GSC), the launch was intended as a way to engage more people in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The teacake, which was nicknamed 'Terry' for the experiment, was lifted to an altitude of 21 miles using a hydrogen weather balloon before falling back down to Earth.

It eventually ended up landing in one piece in the branches of a tree in Galloway Forest Park.

"We engage people with space science every day, and we thought what better way to spark people's imaginations and interest in STEM than for us to launch something into space ourselves," said Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Center.

"We are delighted by how many people joined us at GSC, and online, to watch Terry's space adventures."

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

Tags: Space, Teacake

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 14 October, 2017, 15:47
the Glaswegian space programme is proceeding apace! For Phase II they're hoping to get a Deep Fried Mars Bar into orbit.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Paulywally on 16 October, 2017, 12:23
Is it just me or does thing now look like a nipple?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 16 October, 2017, 13:18
Maybe they should launch some Haggis into orbit as a alien deterrent.
Comment icon #4 Posted by aniknonymous on 16 October, 2017, 14:27
yes waste cake on launching itinto orbit. how is that even gonna make people get into especialy mathematics is a complete mystery to me. at least we can test if any aliens that happen upon it have any allergies on terrestrial sweets
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 16 October, 2017, 14:44
Maybe they thought was hungry. I can think of worse things to waste. Tests should be run on the cake if it was found after falling back to Earth. If it's still edible we have a great way to quick freeze food during a power outage.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Amanda Evans on 17 October, 2017, 15:16
And the teacake returned...and it was changed.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Torviking on 20 October, 2017, 22:44
Comment icon #8 Posted by Black Monk on 21 October, 2017, 14:53
It's not a cake. It's a biscuit with chocolate and marshmallow.

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