Iceland supermarket chain helps chicken nugget make first-ever flight into space

Iceland Foods has sent a chicken nugget into space to celebrate their 50th birthday… The store’s birthday, not the chicken nugget’s.

In perhaps what can be considered as the weirdest news all week, Iceland Foods has launched a chicken nugget into space. This is a first-time feat for our favourite junk food and honestly, we believe they deserved the opportunity sooner.

The nuggetnow joins the space hall of fame alongside Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldren, a Tesla, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and Lego figurines (yes, all of these things made it into space).

In pictures and video’s shared by the supermarket giant a small piece of breaded chicken can be seen hanging on a wire while being taken on a tour through space,and even managed to get to a height of 110,000 ft above the earth, that’s roughly 33,528 metres.

The vessel, designed by a team of stratosphere scientists from Sent into Space, consisted of a hydrogen-filled weather balloon with the lucky nugget hanging by a thread.

The team used a custom-designed launch vehicle with primary avionics, auxiliary satellite tracking and an integrated camera support system so we could see the whole journey through the nug’s point of view.

The supermarket must have been low on chicken-based snacks as only lonely golden nugget managed to make the trip, just imagine how small and insignificant he would feel when faced with the whole stratosphere.

The nugget started its journey from Iceland’s head office in Deeside, North Wales to celebrate the chain’s 50th birthday.

Now you may be confused as to why they wouldn’t just buy a cake but as it turns out, chicken nuggets have been a huge staple in Iceland’s frozen aisle section from the very beginning. In fact, more than 10 million chicken nuggets, chunks and strips were sold just last week alone. Iceland Food’s trading director Andrew Staniland stated:

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.

Achicken nuggetattached to a weather balloon is what some may consider a bit lavish for a birthday party but no doubt the frozen food industry has seen a huge boom from all the panic buying that’s been happening this year. Besides, it sure brightened our day.

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