Science Project to help with UK Space Agency Research

Science Project with UK Space Agency Rocket Seeds

 

A keen group of budding space biologists at TGAR, ranging from Year 9 to Year 13, have been carefully monitoring the growth of 200 seedlings over the past 3 weeks. This is a project that British astronaut Tim Peake has launched, where he has sent packs of seeds to a number of schools across the country. TGAR received one red packet and one blue packet, each containing 100 seeds of the same species. Only one of these packets has spent 6 months on the International Space Station orbiting the earth, whilst the other remained grounded. This is a blind trial where no schools have been told which of the seeds have actually been in space. The object of this project is to investigate the effect of microgravity on plant growth which could allow cultivation of crops in space in the future so astronauts can eat fresh food rather than dried. Updates will be posted as the project goes on, and further information on this can be found here.