Tart 'lost in space' as primary school pupils lose track of pudding sent into stratosphere

  • 21 Jul - 27 Jul, 2018
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Pupils at a primary school in Derbyshire have lost their Bakewell tart in space after launching it into the stratosphere. Children at St Anselm’s Preparatory School in Derbyshire sent the dessert up into the sky using a high altitude balloon recently.

The pupils attached tracking devices to the local delicacy, which record its position and temperature as well as taking photographs, but it has become untraceable, and lost on the edge of space. The school has said a search is ongoing, but meanwhile the tart has gained celebrity attention.

After a strong start, during which the pudding reached an altitude of 16,000m (52,500ft) and was known to be over Saxilby near Lincoln, it became lost in space. The school said it had been hoping the Bakewell tart would reach heights of about 114,000ft (35,000m).