Children at Crawley Green are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space!
In September, 2kg of salad rocket seeds were flown on Soyuz 44S to the International Space Station (ISS) where they will spend 6 months in microgravity before returning to earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
When the seeds return we will receive 100 seeds from space. These will be grown alongside seeds that have not been to space to see if there are any differences in growth. No one at Crawley Green will know which seeds have been to space and which have remained on Earth.
Children will care for the seedlings, record their growth and observations over 7 weeks and enter data into a database. The results will be analysed by professional statisticians. Leading scientists from the RHS and European Space Agency will interpret the results and draw possible conclusions, publishing their results on the Campaign for School Gardening website.
Rocket Science is an educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths ) subjects, including horticulture.
If you would like to find out more about Rocket Science visit
The RHS Rocket Science Webpage
Watch this ‘space’ for further information about the seeds.