‘Rocket Science’ launches

As part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, they have teamed up with the UK Space Agency to launch their ‘Rocket Science’ initiative, an ‘out-of-this-world’ science experiment.  Our rocket seeds have been sent into space this very day.  We will conduct experiments on the seeds when they return to Earth in the spring.  See email below!

Good afternoon,

As you probably already know, British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) today for his six-month Principia

Tim launched at 11:02am today on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan which was rolled out onto the launch pad on Sunday (watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpV2CU3QFb4). Tim and the crew rendezvoused with the ISS at 5:23pm before climbing on-board to their new home at 7pm.

You can watch Tim’s launch on a very special episode of Stargazing Live today at 10:30am on BBC One (or on iPlayer). There will then be a second evening Stargazing Live programme at 7pm on BBC Two showing Tim’s arrival on the ISS.

Tim is an inspirational role model for young people across the UK and is dedicated to encouraging children to engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. It is because of this, we partnered with the UK Space Agency to launch Rocket Science.
If you’re on Twitter, keep in touch with us and involved in the launch by using #RocketScience and #Principia.

You can also tweet Tim Peake himself using @astro_timpeake.


Good Luck Tim!



RHS Campaign for School Gardening

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