Dunmow St Mary’s are one of a number of UK schools being given the opportunity to engage in a UK-wide live science experiment. Through this experiment our children will contribute to the knowledge of growing plants in space…yes, really!
Two kilograms of rocket seeds (no pun intended) were launched on Soyuz 44S on 2 September 2015 with the European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew, arriving on the International Space Station (ISS) two days later. British astronaut Tim Peake then took charge of the seeds while on the ISS. After being held for approximately six months in microgravity, the seeds have now returned to Earth.
Dunmow St Mary’s have signed up to take part in the project whereby they will receive 200 seeds. 100 seeds will have been on the ISS and 100 seeds will have remained on Earth. The seed packets will be colour coded, however we will not be told which packet contains which seeds until national results have been published. Our job is to grow these seeds, carefully as instructed, recording and measuring their germination and growth rates and finally entering all the data on the website of the UK Space Education Office (ESERO).
This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our children to be involved in a ‘real life’ science project. I hope the experience will be out of this world!
We will keep everyone informed of the progress or outcome……