Tim Peake reveals the identity of our Rocket Science space seeds!
Were the space seeds in the red or blue packet?
22 June 2016
A special message from British ESA astronaut Tim Peake has been sent to over 600,000 young people who took part in Rocket Science, our national project in partnership with the UK Space Agency.
The message has finally provided the answer to the highly anticipated question – were the seeds that were sent to space in the blue packet or the red packet?
Scroll down to see the final reveal!
Before Tim embarked on his Principia mission to the International Space Station, he flipped a coin to decide which colour packet would contain the space seeds, and the answer has been a closely guarded secret ever since.
The seeds in question are 2kg of rocket seeds (Eruca sativa) which were sent to the International Space Station (ISS), ahead of Tim, on 03 September 2015. They remained on-board for six months until they returned to Earth with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on 03 March 2016. The seeds were then packaged into the coloured packet, determined by Tim’s coin flip, and 2kg of rocket seed that had remained on Earth was packaged into the other.
Throughout April and May this year, over 8,500 schools and educational groups grew the seeds alongside each other to investigate the impact of microgravity, radiation and space travel on seed germination and growth.
Over 5,400 schools have now added their experiment data to a national online database, to be analysed by biostatisticians. The results, which will be published later in the autumn, will help to form a clearer picture of the potential for astronauts to grow their own food to sustain them on long-term missions.
Tim, who returned to Earth on Saturday 18 June, said of the experiment: “Throughout my time on the ISS I have kept an eye on the Rocket Science project via social media. It’s been amazing to see so many young people engaging in a science experiment of this scale and I’m sure we have successfully created a few more future scientists, horticulturists and hopefully astronauts to continue work like this in years to come.”
Tim completed his Principia mission and returned to Earth on Saturday 18 June. Watch Tim's return on the Principia website.
If you took part in our Rocket Science project, tell us what you thought of it and how it impacted your pupils or students by completing our Rocket Science Impact Questionnaire.
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