BY Mereb Gebremariam, Mstars Reporter , Mstarz reporter | Nov 08, 2012 10:55 AM EST
Five Harvard students successfully send a burger into space, which was sponsored by a local restaurant.
The students, juniors Renzo Lucioni, Nuseir Yassin, Daniel Broudy, Jamie Law-Smith and Matt Moellman, spent 30 hours in over two weeks until the burger finally reached the atmosphere.
The pivotal project which was a "purely fun project" had just become a fun successful project when "School just got a bit repetitive," Yassin told ABC News.
When the local restaurant co-founder of B.good burger Jon Olinto was contacted by the five students, he was immediately interested and asked his assistant to send over a check to fund the experiment. Olinto's assistant didn't think the students were serious about the project so she didn't send the check at first.
Proud to be a part of the college students "space burger" Olinto told ABC News, "This is the most incredible thing that could happen to us."
After working so diligently, the students bought the burger two days before lift off and super glued the layers to their device that was attached to a 600 gram weather balloon which included, a GoPro Hero camera and a HTC Rezound phone.
"There were so many things that could go wrong," said Yassin. The burger took about two hours to ascend 19 miles and an hour to descend.
The B.good burger's space craft landed 13 miles north of Boston and was tracked by the GPS device on the phone and wind data. After the burger landed on a tree, Olinto had to hire a tree climber to get it down, "We were nervous that all of it was blurry and we couldn't see space," Yassin added, "Actually found 2 to 3 minutes of clear footage."
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