Pupils’ space science project is out of this world

Pupils from Padiham Primary School who will take part in the space seeds project (s)

Pupils from Padiham Primary School who will take part in the space seeds project (s)

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Pupils from a school in Padiham are set to embark on a voyage of discovery by taking part in a science experiment that is out of this world.

The youngsters, from Padiham Primary School, are preparing to become space biologists and grow seeds that have been into space.

In September 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March next year. 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.

Children in Padiham will receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that have not been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils will not know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.