Actually it has two distinctions. The first unprotected hot dog to visit the upper atmosphere and the first hot dog to be recovered from that height and consumed. That's right, they tracked their skyward hot dog down with GPS and stuffed it into their faces in triumph. They managed this feat by strapping a hot dog to a high altitude balloon which spirited away the hot dog and insulated camera.
Watch their triumph of human ingenuity and determination below.
While "First hot dog in space" sounds cool, it isn't exactly accurate. Space, as defined as the area outside of Earth's atmosphere, actually doesn't start until you exit the exosphere which is a full 600 km above the surface of the Earth. While they didn't have an altimeter aboard their balloon it would appear that similar balloons typically reach into the middle of the stratosphere which is the zone in which most commercial airlines fly. That said, these balloons can reach heights of 30 km which is three times higher than what a commercial airline flies at but still well within the stratosphere.
This isn't the first time that humankind has boldly gone where food probably shouldn't go. Last year, the makers of bro-beer Natural Light sent one of their foul tasting concoctions into the stratosphere. Shortly after that a chain of American sushi restaurants deployed their own sushi on a high flying balloon ride.
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