By Alessandra Potenza, TheVerge.com, July 3, 2017
Only 17 hours at the edge of space
A Kentucky Fried Chicken sandwich cut short its journey in space after just 17 hours of what was supposed to be a four-day trip. The reason for the early evacuation was a leak in the high-altitude balloon carrying the precious cargo.
The publicity stunt was supposed to be a milestone for the high-altitude balloon company World View Enterprises: the vehicle used for the KFC launch, called the Stratollite, is designed to float about 100,000 feet in the air.