Space rocket falls to earth in Billinge

Space rocket falls to earth in Billinge

Pupils at St Aidan’s CE Primary School in Billinge are preparing to become space biologists, after being selected as one of 10,000 schools nationwide to grow seeds that have been into space with British astronaut, Tim Peake.

Arranged by the Royal Horticultural Society’s campaign for school gardening and the UK Space Agency, the seven-week-long experiment called ‘Rocket Science’ will involve planting 100 salad rocket seeds that have spent several months in microgravity, alongside seeds that haven’t been to space to see if there is much of a difference.

The out-of-this-world project will also enable pupils to think about the preservation of human life on other planets in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Headteacher, Melanie Ravenscroft, said: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole country.

“It also gives the students a chance to show their excellent gardening skills and help further scientific discoveries.”