Discovering a project that encourages children to get out in the fresh air, plant seeds and be part of a space-age experiment that combines planting ideas and reminding everyone how cool space-science is, left us starstruck but we did not fully prepare for all eventualities.
The Campaign for School Gardening launched the Rocket Science project at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2015. Half a million school children were geared up to take part in a project to grow rocket leaves from seeds, in tandem a planned flight of SpaceX CRS-7 was set to head to the International Space Station with rocket leaf seeds on-board with the intention of seeing if the leaves could grow in space. The mission was headed by British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, Upon return to earth the space leaves were to be tested alongside their earth-grown counterparts. We immediately thought wow we could be holding a Feed Your Children Well In Space session one day!
We loved Tim video message in advance:
The stand at the flower show had everything from horticulturists in space suits to what rocket growing frames might look like in space. You can see why we were intrigued and planned to take part.