Seeds in one of these packets have been stored on the International Space Station before being returned to Earth to be planted by Uckfield Communithy Technology College students.

Uckfield students plant seeds from outer space

Seeds from outer space have been planted by students from Uckfield Community Technology College as part of a national scientific experiment.

The seed chosen was rocket (Eruca Sativa) and it travelled from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on the Soyus 44S rocket to the International Space Station where it was stored, by British astranaut Tim Peake, in microgravity before being returned to earth in early March.

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Uckfield Community Technology College students learn about the seeds they will be planting as part of a national experiment.

The aim is to study the effect of microgravity on germination.

Students studying A-level Environmental Studies collaborated with Science Club, and some sutdents who attended a Nasa trip to Houston in January, to plant 200 seeds.

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Seeds are planted.

The college received two packets of seeds. Those in one had travelled around the planet 400 km above us at 17,000 mph for six months. The others stayed on planet Earth.

A college spokesperson said: “As yet, we don’t know which is which. Students planted the seeds in trays and the experiment has been placed in reception at UCTC. Data on germination and growth rates will then be included on a national database where findings will be analysed.”

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Seeds planted by UCTC students can be seen in the college reception. Nobody knows which are the ones that have been stored in outer space.

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