Had you seen a balloon carrying a bag of snack, would you grab it?
An Indian restaurant in the UK managed to send a samosa and a wrap into space – before it crashed in France. Chai Walla, one of Bath’s top-ranked restaurants, managed to complete the extraordinary space mission in three tries.
Niraj Gadher, the owner of the restaurant, said he came up with the idea to send the samosa to space as a means of bringing some mirth to what has been a difficult time, he told UPI.
"The feedback is that it's bought a lot of laughter from people and that's what we wanted really, to spread joy."
Gadher and his friends tied the samosa to a helium balloon and then launched it into space. The first time, the balloon slipped out of their hands. The second time, they ran out of helium. Turns out, it was third time lucky for the group.
Gadher also made a video of the occurrence. In a video that has been posted on YouTube, the group can be seen attaching the snack to the balloon along with a GPS tracker to track its location and a GoPro camera in order to record its journey.
However, the GPS failed when it went up in space and Gadher lost track of his samosa. Later, he found out that it had slammed into a field in France. When Gadher lost track of the snack, he began informing individuals on social media platform Instagram to see in case they seem to offer assistance in finding it. He requested if they could go and hunt down the samosa. One individual acknowledged his request.
An Instagram user with the handle AxelMathon took up the task to find the samosa at a crash site, and he said he was shocked to find the balloon and the box containing the GoPro and the GPS hanging from a tree in a field in Picardie.
It's obscure how high the samosa ended up travelling, but a clip recorded by its GoPro camera shows it being passed by an aeroplane.
"We've kept in touch with the guy that found it and he's said when the world is more normal he'll come over to Bath and meet us," Gadher said.
The story made the headlines across the Channel, with a number of French TV stations and news websites talking about the remarkable discovery.