What happens if an egg falls from space? Former NASA engineer managed to get it intact

One egg survived the highest fall, broke the sound barrier, and returned to Earth unbroken.

If an egg falls from space to Earth, it is very sure that it would break when it reached the ground. Thanks to current technology, there are materials and devices that protect fragile objects, like when you send something delicate by parcel. And an egg is almost always the perfect test subject to design them. That way, if you manage to invent something that protects a fragile egg from the impact of its fall from space to Earth’s surfaceThat means you passed the test.

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober, who participated in the Curiosity mission, managed to make an egg fall from the space. How did he manage to get the egg to that place in the first place? Rober sent the egg in a rocket with a balloon. And for that he had to come up with ways to protect the egg on its way, as low temperatures could cause the egg to freeze and crack before even attempting the main experiment.

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“My original plan was to drop the egg into a contraption I made from the tallest building in the world,” explains Rober. “But humans are always building taller buildings. So if I wanted to make sure I kept the record, I had to go to the top and straight into outer space.”

Mark and his team had to do multiple calculations, solve physics problems, invest in the best technology, and go through a lot of trial and error to get the rocket into space and the egg to fall from there. As shown on his YouTube channel, Mark Rober not only managed to get the egg intact into space; he also got it to fall back to Earth at a speed of 240 kilometers per hour. The egg was whole, without a single crack, in the container that the engineers designed. Both the main egg and the control egg, which was inside a bag that cushioned the fall, returned without breaking.

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