Rocket Science at Turton

Rocket Science at Turton

Pupils in the Year 8 science club have become space biologists by planting 100 rocket seeds that had spent several months on the International Space Station with Tim Peake, and returned to earth with Commander Scott Kelly on 2nd March. The pupils will be monitoring and recording the growth of these seeds alongside 100 rocket seeds that hadn’t been in to space, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and UK Space Agency nationwide Rocket Science experiment. The growth of the plants will be monitored for 7 weeks and the results analysed by professional biostatisticians at the RHS. The aim of the experiment is to explore how we could preserve human life in space or on another planet, and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

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