Beavers and Cubs in rocket challenge

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Beavers and Cubs at Kelso Scout Group have become high-tech horticulturalists after sowing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station on Soyuz 44S, where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March.

The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency.

Kelso Scout Group has received a packet of 100 seeds from space, which are growing alongside seeds that haven’t been in orbit, so they can measure the differences over seven weeks.

The out-of-this-world experiment will enable the Beavers and Cubs to think about how we could preserve human life on another planet in future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates ... and it’s also part of their space badge.