BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by the European Space Agency of Tim Peake, who has beamed a video message to thousands of schools asking them to grow seeds that have journeyed through space. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 29, 2016. The 43-year-old astronaut, who is on board the International Space Station, is backing a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and UK Space Agency project, Rocket Science, which will see children compare the growth of seeds currently in space with those that have not left Earth. See PA story SCIENCE Peake. Photo credit should read: ESA/NASA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Since returning from space our ‘rocket’ seeds travelled from Kazakhstan to USA and then on to the UK, ready for experiments in schools nationwide.

After only 3 days, our seeds started to germinate! Little shoots and leaves started to appear.

Day 6…

Blue seeds growing well!

…Blue seeds growing well!

Red seeds a little slower to get going!

…Red seeds a little slower to get going!

Our y7 astrobiologists are busy watering, recording, rotating, measuring, counting, and calculating; and obviously doing a very good job!

Day 10…percentage germination of the replicants was recorded.

Head of Science Dr. Taylor discussing the experiment so far with the y7 boys.

Head of Science Dr. Taylor visited the “space lab” to see how the experiment is progressing, and to talk to the boys; he was impressed by their understanding of the experiment, the need for protocols, their skills and commitment to the project.

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“It is fantastic to see this group of students being real scientist! They clearly feel like real scientists and are being inspired to find out the impact of space travel on seed germination and growth. Their experiment is highly organised and they are tracking the progress of the seedlings with expert precision. I was most impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of these young scientists and their ideas of how changes in gravity might impact germination and growth of plants”.

Follow the experiments progress, via the weekly blog.

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