Honiton Scout Group to sow seeds from space

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 March 2016

1st Honiton Scouts are getting ready to receive and grow seeds which have been aboard the International Space Station. Rowan waiting to receive the seeds. Ref mhh 08-16AW 9326. Picture: Alex Walton

1st Honiton Scouts are getting ready to receive and grow seeds which have been aboard the International Space Station. Rowan waiting to receive the seeds. Ref mhh 08-16AW 9326. Picture: Alex Walton

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Budding astrobiologists from 1st Honiton Scouts are boldly going on a voyage of discovery - growing seeds that have been into space.

1st Honiton Scouts are getting ready to receive and grow seeds which have been aboard the International Space Station. Ref mhh 08-16AW 9340. Picture: Alex Walton1st Honiton Scouts are getting ready to receive and grow seeds which have been aboard the International Space Station. Ref mhh 08-16AW 9340. Picture: Alex Walton

Last September, two kilogrammes of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S, where they will spend several months in micro-gravity before returning to Earth next month.

The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

The scouts will be one of up to 10,000 groups to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that have not left Earth’s atmosphere and measure the differences over seven weeks. The scouts will not know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed.

The experiment will enable the youngsters to consider how to preserve human life on another planet, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions and the difficulties of growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Helen Turner, group scout leader, said: “We are really excited about doing this.

“There’s a real buzz about taking part.”


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