Cinnamon Basil Seeds
The seeds were flown to space on mission STS-121 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery and attached to the exterior of the International Space Station on July 4, 2006. The seeds remained attached as a component of the MISSE (Materials International Space Station Experiment) and returned to Earth on mission STS-118 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on August 21,2007. The seeds (some 3 million in total) were distributed to stimulate interest in space science.
The Materials on the International Space Station Experiment-3, or MISSE 3, was attached to the outside of the space station in August 2006. The suitcase-sized container was filled with hundreds of materials, including basil seeds, to study how each is affected by the space environment. Basil seeds were contained in the AO & Solar bottom tray in containers marked PS1-PS6
MISSE Program Logo
International Space Station
We were out and about last week sowing the seeds of inspiration at three different nursery schools locally. The tots were introduced to spaceflight, planting the seeds flown in space, sampling freeze dried space food, trying on cosmonaut gloves and assorted photo opportunities.
Our whistle stop tour included visits to:
Interest was created for the media by Colette Bratton, Marketing Angel