The UK Space Agency and theRoyal Horticultural Society are collaborating on the educational project ‘Rocket Science’, which has sent rocket salad seeds into space as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s historic mission to the International Space Station. The seeds were sent to the Space Station in September and will spend 6 months in micro gravity, orbiting the earth at 17,000 mph! The seeds will be arrive back in April where100-seed samples (along with seeds from the same cultivar which have not be into space) will be sent to selected schools in a nationwidehorticultural ‘citizen science’ experiment.
We are delighted TGS has been selected to be one of the schools involved
Over the following months pupils will grow and compare the seeds as they embark on a voyage of discovery to see whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food. The results of the nationwide citizen science experiment will then be analysed to discover whether space travel has impacted on the growth of the seeds.
See Tim Peake's message about Rocket Science by clicking here.
Update May 2016:
For the past month year 7 students from science club have been involved with the Rocket Science experiment. The experiment has involved planting two sets of seeds, one which has spent months in the International Space Station, the other has just spent time on Earth. We are happy to announce that our seeds have germinated and SC1 is full of rocket! The girls have been trying to guess which set of seeds have been in Space but it’s very difficult to tell! This experiment has allowed the girls to learn about the importance of random sampling, taking means of measurements and all about experimental bias. The rocket plants will remain in SC1 for the next few weeks – feel free to visit and take a guess at which plants have been in Space.