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One giant leap for cheese


Members of the West Country Cheesemakers group have attempted to make the first space flight by a piece of Cheddar.

The group launched a weather balloon 18.6 miles (30km) into the upper atmosphere carrying a capsule containing a piece of handmade Cheddar.

Once the balloon arrives at the edge of space, it will burst and the cheese should float back to the ground on a parachute.


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