We have just heard that our school has been chosen to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rocket Science Experiment.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station on Soyuz 44S. The seeds will be held in microgravity for 6 months with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake taking charge of them while on the ISS for his Principia mission starting in December.
The seeds will return to earth in April 2016 and our school will be one of 10,000schools to 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. We will not know will know which seeds have been to space and which have remained on Earth.
The pupils will care for the seedlings, record their growth and observations over 7 weeks and enter data into a database. After all the data has been collected, 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 RHS Campaign for School Gardening website.
We are delighted to be taking part in Rocket Science. It will be exciting for our pupils to contribute to a National experiment.