According to news sources,
West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers launched the piece of Cheddar within a capsule in a weather balloon with no thoughts of making outer space history of any kind, (cheese or otherwise). But the GPS system used by organizers stopped working and they have no idea where this hunk of cheese could be within the vast stratosphere.
The plan was for the balloon to burst at the edge of space, leaving the capsule to float back to the ground on a parachute. But in England as everywhere else in the world, the best laid plans… (you know the rest).
In the words of Dom Lane, of the West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers group:
“We've been tracking the trajectory and the current prediction is that it could land anywhere from here in Wiltshire to Hemel Hemsptead. The GPS isn't coming through on the web so we might need listeners’ help to find it because we're not sure where it is at the moment.”
Chairman of the company, Philip Crawford, added in true PC fashion:
“We are very proud of our authentic Cheddar which we make by hand on our farms and we set ourselves the very highest standards. It seemed appropriate, therefore, that we should mark the anniversary of the first Moon landing with a giant leap for cheesekind.”
Well maybe ET and some of his kin might like to ingest a little cheddar? It would make a perfect tidbit for aliens who do not need to watch their cholesterol.