Find out what happens when a man decides to launch a burger into space, to determine if it would taste any different upon returning.
Humans have always been curious creatures. It's what helped us make so many advancements in science and technology. But this curiosity can also lead to hilarious experiments. This was the case for Antton (@anttonraccaus), who decided that he wanted to send a burger into space to determine if it would taste different upon returning to Earth. The part one video of the experiment has gained a massive 222.2 million views on the social media site.
Antton begins the video by showcasing the burger attached to a contraption with a helium balloon that he would send to space. He states, "And when it lands back on Earth, I'm going to eat it!" The creator specifies how his team attached a Big Mac to a large helium balloon that would go all the way up to the stratosphere. The temperature at this height would be -60 degrees Celsius.
Soon, the helium balloon would explode, causing the burger to fall back to Earth, covering a vertical distance of 35 kilometers. He states his scientific inquiry: "And does a burger that's been in space taste different? We'll find out." He sends up the burger and viewers get to see it enjoying a scenic flight to the skies. Antton then takes his car and follows the burger with the help of a GPS tracker that was attached to it.
The burger continued to ascend for an hour and 45 minutes, at which point the helium balloon exploded, marking the beginning of its 30-minute return journey to Earth. He concludes the video by saying, "Except that, while we were following the burger from the car, we couldn't tell yet, but we had a problem." He then posted a part two video to clarify what went wrong with their experiment, which has gained 54.7 million views.
In the second video, he clarifies that the burger was not freefalling and had a parachute to provide some kind of braking. The team's GPS beacon worked flawlessly, allowing Antton to find the contraption when it landed in the middle of a forest that was located an hour away from where it had taken off. They were quickly able to locate the parachute. However, the burger was not attached to the basket anymore.
He expresses his disappointment at this setback and says that he wants to find out what happened to the burger. Antton and his team looked around the forest for a long time to find the burger but could not find anything. So, they decided to check the camera footage to see where it went wrong. From the footage, they find out that the burger did go into space but ended up falling out of its harness on the return because of the high speed.
People were ardently following both of the videos and commented how they wanted a third video that revealed the burger's fate. @pleadingflowers said, "Just imagine walking around and getting hit on the head by a burger that fell from the sky." Others provided insights about the burger's location. @lemonperfect hilariously suggested, "I like to think it's still floating somewhere out there, watching over us. Our little space burger."