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Seeds in Space! Royal Horticultural Society ‘Rocket Science’ Launch – Get Involved!
On the 2nd of September 2015, the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Rocket Science’ seeds were successfully launched into space. They are now bound for their new home aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Watch a video of the launch here.
The seeds departed from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Soyuz 44S – the flight that is delivering European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew to the ISS.
The rocket will dock tomorrow morning and the astronauts will unload the seeds and transfer them safely on board.
After several months on board, the seeds will return to earth with astronaut Scott Kelly and will land in the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2016. After they return to the UK, they will be packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on earth. Participating schools will each receive two packets of 100 seeds to grow and compare, and a collection of fun and inspiring curriculum linked teaching resources and posters, tailored according to pupil age (Key Stages 1 and 2 or Key Stages 3,4 and 5).
Have you registered for your seeds yet?
Schools and educational organizations are invited to apply, what an amazing experiment for children to take part in!