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Planting Seeds from Space

Today we were visited by the Shropshire Star who came to photograph  the children as they embarked on a voyage of discovery by planting seeds that have been into space.


In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth.


The children were very excited to take part in the Rocket Science project, launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.


The space seeds will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and then the differences will be measured over seven weeks.


The children won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.


The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.