Space seeds land at school!

Hopeful horticulturalists at Bulford St Leonard's have launched their own space-related mission by growing seeds which have travelled into space and back.

Our Pupils are one of up to 10,000 schools in the country to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space.

The children will plant the ‘space' seeds alongside seeds that have not been to space and measure the differences in growth over several weeks.

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

The ISS, which orbits at approximately 220 miles above the Earth, serves as a weightless research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, astronomy, meteorology and other fields.

The seeds were sent to the artificial satellite as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by a campaign for gardening in schools by the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency.

Sarah Ward, headteacher at the Bulford school said: "The children have been so excited about this project.

"This Rocket Science experiment is a excellent way of encouraging our children to be curious, think scientifically and share factual information with the whole school."

The nationwide science experiment will enable students to think more about how to 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.

Rocket Science is an educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, including horticulture.