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That's no moon: Is bakewell pudding lost in space?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? For those of you in Lincolnshire, it could well be a bakewell pudding.

Believe it or not, there is thought to have been one of the tasty treats flying high somewhere above the county this week as the result of an ambitious school science project.

Not content with a mere cake sale, pupils at St Anselm’s Preparatory School in Derbyshire came up with the entirely more unique way of honouring the beloved local delicacy.

The pudding was attached to this innovate homemade aircraft. Pic: St Anselm's School (Facebook)
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The pudding was attached to this innovate homemade aircraft. Pic: St Anselm’s School (Facebook)

The homemade pudding was launched into the stratosphere using a high-altitude balloon on Monday morning, with tracking devices attached so that its position can be seen on a computer at all times.

While the ceremony may have lacked the pomp and circumstance of a NASA event, the children were certainly excited to watch the treat boldly go where no bakewell had gone before – with hopes it could reach a height of 114,000ft.

Pupils should have been able to track the pudding on this MacBook. Pic: St Anselm's School (Facebook)
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Pupils should have been able to track the pudding on this MacBook. Pic: St Anselm’s School (Facebook)

Unfortunately, where exactly it will be if and when it makes it that high is likely to be a mystery.

It may not quite be lost in space, but the school has revealed on its Facebook page that it has all gone quiet on the tracking front since its position was traced over Saxilby, near Lincoln.

The pudding is known to have entered Lincolnshire airspace at some point
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The pudding is known to have entered Lincolnshire airspace at some point

Should the pudding reemerge and make its way back to Earth, it will likely need some heavy defrosting before its fit for human consumption, with the air temperature at its potential peak altitude hovering around -50F (-46C).

In the meantime, the project is continuing to raise money for charity after the pupils involved asked local businesses to sponsor them.

So far there is £1,600 in the coffers, which will be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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