Posted on March 30th 2016

Tim Peake Rocket Science Experiment

Cranford Community College has been chosen to take part in a unique Science experiment which will have future implications for the human race in space…

On 2nd September 2015, two kilograms of rocket seeds travelled from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on the Soyuz 44S rocket to the International Space Station. The seeds have been stored in microgravity by British Astronaut Tim Peake before they were returned to Earth in spring 2016. On Wednesday 20th April 2016, Cranford will be receiving two packets of seeds - one of which has spent the last 6 months in space, the other remaining here on earth. Students at Cranford will be planting 100 of each type of seed, but will not know which packet of seeds has been in space. This will be revealed in a unique live broadcast from the International Space Station by Tim Peake at the end of the experiment. Over the next half term our budding young scientists will be taking various measurements, comparing the 2 different seed types to formulate data for the European Space Agency.

This UK wide study will provide the European Space Agency with some invaluable data regarding the effects of microgravity on various crops and plants which are frequently consumed by humans.

 

Chris Dawson

Science Department

 

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