Space Seeds

No, this is not a review of the old Star Trek episode of this name; this is an exciting project our science department has eagerly taken part in.  It’s not very often you get a chance to grow some seeds that have been up to Kazakhstan and then the International Space Station where British astronaut, Major Tim Peake was for 6 months.   How will seeds grow that have been in space?  

Will there be any difference, or not?  The only way to find out is to get planting.  The academy was given a blue packet and a red packet, both containing rocket seeds.  One packet has been into space, the other remained rooted here on the ground.  Well, actually they both rooted.  Both packets were planted in identical conditions, that is, same size seed tray, soil from the same packet and given the same amount of water and light.  For 35 days a series of observations and measurements were recorded on a supplied chart and from the beginning, the red packet seeds did not grow as strongly as the blue packet seeds but as we go to print, we are still waiting to hear whether red or blue went into space.