Last week, we celebrated the launch of Rocket Science; an educational project sending salad seeds to space and back. Give your local school the opportunity to grow these 'space seeds' in a national science experiment.
Our exhibit demonstrated the importance of plants in space. On Earth, 30 crops provide 95% of human food energy needs. 4 of these (rice, wheat, maize and potato) are responsible for more than 60% of our energy intake. Our exhibit showed 10 food plants that scientists working on the MELiSSA closed life support system have identified for future research and food production in space. If they can be successfully grown, astronaut dining will be changed forever.
Does space travel affect the growth of seeds?
This innovative educational project will involve 2kg of rocket seeds being sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission.
After several months on board, the seeds will be returned to Earth and sent to thousands of UK schools, alongside a batch of that have stayed on Earth. Pupils across the country will have the opportunity to grow and compare these seeds to see whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.
Register your interest through the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website.
We asked you to vote which of these plants you’d take into space and here are the results:
Thank you to everyone who took part - especially the team at RHS for counting 5,279 votes!
We enjoyed exhibiting at Chelsea - who knows where you’ll find us next...