Iceland Celebrates 50th Birthday By Sending A Nugget To Space

iceland celebrates 50th birthday by sending a nugget to space

As a special way to mark the country's 50th birthday, Iceland decided to send a chicken nugget into space. In less than two hours, the chicken nugget was already 110,000 feet above the earth surface, far beyond the grey skies and the devastating COVID-19 crisis.

In space, there is peace and quiet, pollution-free skies, unbelievable views of space and the earth, and sights of high-flying birds like the Common Crane and Ruppell's Vulture.

Yea, this meaty delicacy makes a lot of us very jealous.


It is also important to note that the beloved delicacy has a huge advantage over everyone else: it can do well in subzero space temperatures of -60 degrees Celsius.

iceland celebrates 50th birthday by sending a nugget to space

After getting to its maximum height, the chicken nugget started its journey towards earth at 200 miles per hour. As soon as it was 19km above the ground, its parachute deployed to ensure a safe landing.

The peculiar space launch happened in Deeside, North Wales, which is close to Iceland's head office. The supermarket was in the process of commemorating major big milestones.

In its 50-year history, Iceland has maintained the chicken nugget as a beloved staple. As a matter of fact, in a recent one-week period, the country has sold over 10 million chicken nuggets, chunks and strips.

iceland celebrates 50th birthday by sending a nugget to space

The First Chicken Nugget Sent To Space

Unless nobody said anything about it, this is the first chicken nugget in history to be sent to space.

It covered a distance of 110 thousand feet in just an hour and 45 minutes. If this distance was to be lined with Iceland chicken nuggets, about 880,000 of them would be required.


Andrew Staniland explains that despite the ongoing crisis and the lockdowns, the country had to mark this special occasion in an equally special way:

"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."

Apparently, shopping trends have changed considerably in 2020 due to the pandemic. This was taken into consideration when making the decision to send the chicken nugget into space.

Andrew explains:

"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."

iceland celebrates 50th birthday by sending a nugget to space

To make the launch a success, Iceland got into a partnership with Sent into Space, which is a team of professionals focused on stratospheric exploration. These guys created the perfect vessel to transport the chicken nugget into space.

In this same year, we have seen a boyfriend try to make his proposal seem 'out of this world' by sending the engagement ring into space. Fortunately, his fiancée was quite impressed.

Liam Bove and his then girlfriend of 15 years had a common interest in space. She said yes to the creative proposal.

It seems that Iceland borrowed a page from Liam's book. They definitely found an interesting way to let the world know that their chicken nugget is out of this world by sending a piece into space as a way to mark the country's 50th birthday.