Students from a college in Raunds are taking part in a seed-growing project which is literally out of this world.
Manor School Sports College has been sent seeds which have spent six months on board the International Space Station.
The college has been given 100 seeds – which are appropriately for rocket plants – as well as 100 more seeds which were not sent into space.
Students will not know which seeds are which until the end of the project.
A Year 8 science class lead by teacher Barbara Cundell were selected to participate in the project and sowed the seeds in late April. After one week a large number of the seeds had germinated and they are now showing good signs of growth.
The class will take nine measurements over 35 days collecting data as instructed on germination, growth, leaf count and plant height at frequent intervals. After 35 days students will enter their results in a bespoke website so that results from schools across the nation can be collated and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
Once all the data has been collected, the results will be analysed by statisticians, scientists from the RHS and the European Space Agency.