Students at St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Whitehaven, Cumbria, are taking part in a once in a lifetime experiment for the next six week.
The school Science department received 100 lettuce seeds this week which have been in orbit around the Earth for 3 months on board the international space station, under the supervision of none other than famed British astronaut Tim Peake.
The school is taking part in a unique experiment to compare the growth of these space seeds with some kept on Earth.
This is a nationally organised school project for students to take part in and get some valuable insight into the kind of real research undertaken by space scientists. They will monitor the growth of the lettuce plants over the next 6 weeks and upload the data to a common database which will be scrutinised to see if the seeds in space have been affected by “zero gravity”.
You can see how the students how are doing by checking the school’s website, Facebook (St Benedict’s Catholic High School) or Twitter (@StBenedictsSch)