Rocket Seeds from the ISS – U.K. Experiment
In the summer of 2016, 600,000 children became space biologists as they began a 35 day experiment to sow and grow rocket seeds that has spent six months on board the International Space Station (ISS) courtesy of European U.K. Astronaut Tim Peake.
Details can be found in this download from the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Rocket Science’ – Our Voyage of Discovery
Tomato Seeds from the ISS – Canadian Experiment
We were fortunate enough to obtain some seeds flown on board the International Space Station and returned to earth by Astronaut Chris Hadfield.
After they germinated they were planted out into grow bags and pots with really great results. The space flown plants and earth based plants were kept separately.
Initial planting out pics.
The fruits of our labour.
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