Watch: Utah Baker Is Launching a Doughnut Into Earth’s Atmosphere

first_imgStay on target In Utah, an independent grocery store is taking its National Doughnut Day celebration to the next level by sending one of its delicious pastries on a high-altitude ride into Earth’s atmosphere.On Friday, at 10 a.m. MDT (12 p.m. EST), Bowman’s Market, which is located in Kaysville, Utah, is launching a high-altitude balloon from its parking lot to send a store-made doughnut up to the skies, Space.com reported. The mission, which is called “Doughpollo,” will have the doughnut rise roughly 22 miles high before the balloon disperses and falls back to Earth. The best part? You can watch the doughnut’s near-space journey on Bowman’s Market’s website. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Weather permitting, the high-altitude balloon will hover above commercial flights and be high enough to observe our planet’s black sky and curvature. However, it will not make a space trip: The U.S. Air Force classifies space’s edge as 50 miles high, while the internationally defined space boundary is 62 miles above sea level.The lucky glazed doughnut that will get to travel into Earth’s atmosphere. (Photo Credit: Bowman’s Market / Facebook)National Doughnut Day is a major event for Bowman’s Market, which is expected to sell 18,000 doughnuts on the food holiday, The Salt Lake Tribune noted. However, this won’t be a challenge for the independent grocery store, which typically sells between 6,000 and 12,000 doughnuts daily.Noah Wenzel, the store’s baker and Doughpollo’s flight director. (Photo Credit: Bowman’s Market / Facebook)“It’s been an extremely rewarding project so far,” Noah Wenzel, the store’s baker and mission’s flight director, said in a statement to Space.com. “We view ourselves as a unique store, and launching a doughnut [toward] space matches up with our mission to do fun and extraordinary things in our community.”More on Geek.com:Cool, Gassy ‘Disk’ Spotted Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black HoleWatch: Bubbles Move Around and ‘Gurgle’ in Gel-Like Water at ISSGrowing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Imagelast_img

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