Well we came down to earth with a bump! There we were, earlier this year, ready to celebrate the sending of rocket seeds up into space.
We imagined they’d be heading to their new home on the International Space Station for the start of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, Rocket Science project and as you know things didn’t go quite to plan check out the LookBackMoment
Well we are delighted to report that our office singalong of our Elton John favourite
….was unnecessary after all
‘it’s gonna be a long, long time ’til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Ah, no no no
I’m a rocket man
Having sown the seeds of disappointment, we are delighted to report that those mighty mini rocket seeds departed from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Soyuz 44S yesterday. They hopped a ride with European Space Agency rocket man, Astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew who are travelling to the ISS.
The rocket will dock any moment now and the astronauts will unload the seeds and transfer them safely on board. They will remain on the ISS for several months and return to Earth with astronaut Scott Kelly, currently planned for March 2016.
Spin forward to Spring 2016 when the seeds will be distributed to those of us who have applied and been accepted onto the programme to be part of the Rocket Science experiment. Children aged 4 to 16 can become ‘Rocket Scientists’ taking part in the 35 day experiment with the seeds that have been on this incredible journey. If you haven’t registered yet here is the link to sign up
Whether you take part or follow the experiments progress it’s going to be fascinating. BTW don’t forget to subscribe to our Join our mailing list for news, reviews, special offers (such as the current one for first aid training), recipes and events …it’s not rocket-science:)
The final word for the mo goes to Tim Peake