Rocket Scientists

We have been taking part in a very exciting national experiment at Coombe Dean.

Tim Peake, the British astronaut currently in space, took some rocket (salad) seeds to space. On Tuesday 2nd March, Commander Scott Kelly of NASA brought the seeds back to Earth, landing in Kazakhstan. The seeds then travelled with Scott Kelly to NASA in Houston on a charter flight from Moscow and then finally returned to the UK. So you can see these seeds have had quite a journey!

A group of 4 students are growing the 200 seeds – 100 have been to space, and 100 have not – we will not be told which-group-is-which until the end of the experiment! The students are tending to the seeds and performing scientific measurements on them at certain intervals for 35 days. At the end, we will submit our results alongside other schools, and see if the results show if experiencing micro gravity had any impact on the growth and health of the seeds.

Well done to Meris W, Alex H, Olivia D, and Archie S who are doing a great job with the experiment. 

F Marlow


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