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Flying without wings: Chicken nugget sent into space

Out of this world: The chicken nugget pictured in space

ICONIC astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Tim Peake have been joined in the history books — by a chicken nugget.

These pictures show what is believed to be the first ever chicken nugget sent into space, reaching heights of more 110,000feet above Earth — that’s about 880,000 nuggets high.

A team of experts in the field of stratospheric exploration created the perfect vessel to send the tasty treat into the stratosphere — a meteorological weather balloon filled with hydrogen that’s lighter than air.

Using a custom-designed launch vehicle including primary avionics, auxiliary satellite tracking and an integrated camera support system taking video footage, the lone nugget was sent up, up and away out of the Earth’s atmosphere.

It was launched from a location close to Iceland’s head office in Deeside, North Wales, to mark the supermarket’s 50th birthday.

Chicken nuggets have remained a staple in the frozen aisle throughout Iceland’s half century, with more than ten million nuggets, chunks and strips sold last week alone.

Star bound: The stunt was part of 50th birthday celebrations for supermarket Iceland PICTURES: SWNS

Andrew Staniland, trading director at Iceland, said: ‘What better way to show that our products are out of this world than by sending one of our customer favourites into space?’