02:06PM, Tuesday 03 May 2016
Almost six months after he was blasted into orbit, UK astronaut Tim Peake is helping children in Marlow learn about science by getting them to grow rocket plants.
Marlow CE Infants School is among 10,000 throughout the country selected to take part in the mass experiment, in which pupils will examine whether seeds that have spent six months in the microgravity of the International Space Station grow differently to their earth-bound fellows.
And, since they were planted on Wednesday, April 20, results have already started to be seen.
Speaking about the investigation, Emma Carreras, reception teacher at the Sandygate Road school, said: “The children are quite young, so it can be a bit baffling for them at times, but they’ve had great fun getting to plant them, as well as getting to learn about Tim Peake.”
The seedlings will be monitored for the next few weeks, before results and findings are fed back to the European Space Agency and the Royal Horticultural Society.
Visit www.schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk to find out more.
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