Monday, August 19, 2013

Portuguese Rooster goes to Space and Lands in Galicia

No, you don't have to worry about Portugal entering a new space race and sending live guinea pigs - or a rooster in this case - to space. The Rooster of Barcelos is a folklore symbol of the town of Barcelos, according to a legend of a wrongfully accused man from Galicia that said that a roasted chicken would crow to prove is innocence, and indeed it did just as he was about to hang.

Fast forward to the present, and the rooster pottery representation is now a national symbol and has been sent to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude helium balloon - with a video to prove it - rising to over 33km high (over 109,000 feet) before bursting and heading back down, curiously ending up in a small rural village of Galicia,.

One could say the Rooster went back to visit the man that gave birth to the legend... :)

[via The Register]

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