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This Doughnut In Space Went Where No Breakfast Pastry Has Been Before

One small step for the doughnut, one giant leap for breakfast pastries.

Two Swedish brothers -- Benjamin and Alexander Jönsson -- launched a pink-frosted doughnut from Norway to about 20 miles above Earth’s atmosphere, on April 8. The duo attached cameras to a vessel to capture the pastry’s journey to space, and its descent back down to our little blue planet. The captured images of the sprinkled confection hovering above Earth’s curvature are truly majestic.

“I wanted to send something that nobody had done before, that is why we choose a doughnut,” Alexander told The Huffington Post in an email.

The Jönsson brothers are by no means astronauts, but rather hobbyists who founded a science group called Stratolys, which they used to launch the project. The construction of the vessel was relatively simple, using just a couple cameras, a GPS tracker and a styrofoam box. The doughnut was coated in enamel paint and glued to a glass plank, and the whole thing took its 84-minute flight using a helium weather balloon.

Though the Jönssons are from Sweden, they launched the doughnut from Norway, where the permit for the project was free. In total, the project cost $1,134.47, according to Mic. Fortunately, the vessel was recovered after landing in Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden.

“We had to call the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, who helped us get it back,” Alexander told HuffPost.

The fate of the donut, however, was far less pleasant: it was found in pieces.

The duo has not yet revealed future plans for Stratolys after their sugar high last week.

We've been kicking around various ideas,” Alexander told The Local. “But the thing is, how do you top a doughnut?”

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • 1 Boston, MA has the most doughnut shops per person
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  • 2 During WWI, they were fed to American soldiers
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    The Salvation Army 'Doughnut Girls' fed hungry and homesick soldiers this fried dough during WWI. via msniiina.tumblr.com
  • 3 They used to be called 'olykoeks'
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    When they first came to America, they were called this Dutch word meaning 'oily cakes.' via janicequay.tumblr.com
  • 4 Both 'donut' and 'doughnut' are acceptable spellings
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    'Donut' is just a shortened version, popularized in the 20th century by Dunkin' Donuts. via weheartit.com
  • 5 June 7th is National Donut Day
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  • 6 Dunkin' Donuts was once named 'Open Kettle'
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    They started selling donuts under their modern name in 1950. via yaydrienne.tumblr.com
  • 7 They may have originally been a mistake
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    One story reportedly tells of a cow who kicked over a pot of oil into a mixture of pastry. via theroxy.tumblr.com
  • 8 Americans eat a LOT of doughnuts
    Over <a href="http://www.lamars.com/about/fun-facts/" target="_blank">10 billion</a> are made in the U.S. each year. <a href=
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  • 9 People are named Doughnut/Donut
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  • 10 The Guinness World Record for fastest to eat a jelly-filled doughnut exists
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    And is 33 seconds.
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