Newton's apple seeds sent to ISS

Newton's apple seeds sent to ISS

The seeds of the apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton are going to be used by British astronaut Tim Peake in experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). The pips have originated from a tree in the orchard of Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Newton, in Lincolnshire.

The seeds belong to the astronaut's mission known as Principia after Newton's book was published in 1687. The apple pips make part of a broader project to observe the impact of space travel on their growth.

On Tuesday, Mr Peake reached the International Space Station. He has a million seeds of rocket on board, whose distribution will be done among 10,000 schools in the UK on his return. They reached along with the apple pips via supply ship previously in December.

The owner of Woolsthorpe Manor where Newton performed most of his work on Principia, National Trust will attempt to grow trees from the seeds on their return in 2016.
'Mutant space tree'

The trust’s Jannette Warrener, said, “We gave apple seeds in September 2014 to the UK space agency in the hope they would go up in Tim Peake's space mission”.

One of the motives is going to be to bring the seeds back to our planet earth and they will grow some space trees and observed what happens with them. The National Trust is hopeful that the project will be an inspiration for budding scientists.


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