Turkey may be too far away to send someone into space, but a restaurant wanted to try it with a few modest steps, a delicious meatball dish from the southern province of Adana. A few hours before the iftar dinner for Muslim believers who break their daily fast and long after careful preparation, Yaşar Aydın threw a small plate of meatballs into the stratosphere.
This food is a famous dish in Adana where spicy meatballs and livers attract fans of Turkish cuisine.
Wrapped around a steel tube to keep it more fluid, meatballs became the first Turkish space trip on Tuesday. Aydın had originally planned to release his meatballs into space during a recent festival in the city, but adverse weather conditions delayed the release.
Finally on Tuesday, with the help of local entrepreneur Idris Albayrak, Aydın achieved his dream. Albayrak, who is also a space engineering student, planned all the launch stages in the stratosphere.
A special box was created to place the meatballs so that it could withstand the extreme temperatures in the sky. The box, equipped with cameras and a tracking device, was mounted on a helium balloon. For his part, Aydın did not forget to add meatballs to the side dishes, just as he serves his customers on Earth, from onions to salads.
They were chosen on April 12 as it was also the International Day of Human Space Flight, the anniversary of the legendary flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to the unknown world. However, the destination of the meatball was more or less clear, about 38 kilometers above the sky of Adana.
Amid applause and curious glances from spectators, the box was released into space for a flight that lasted about three hours. As soon as the balloon exploded, its journey back to Earth began. The box of meatballs fell into the sea off the coast of Hatay, a southern Turkish province, at a location about 121 kilometers from the place of departure.
Aydın and others pulled out the box, with its contents largely intact, with the exception of a few apparently ‘snatched’ pieces by the fish, which were obviously surprised by this ‘gift’ from above, but very spicy and carnivorous for their taste. As he picked up the box and vowed to continue his efforts to throw the famous dish further into space, Aydın joked to reporters who were there to watch the traditional dish launch and return, that:
I think the aliens turned it over because it had too much pepper. I will send a plate with less pepper next time. I am happy to promote our city and our cuisine. I like to be the first in something.