NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly holds Tomatosphere™ seeds on board the International Space Station on April 18, 2015. (Photo from NASA via CSA)
SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on May 13, 2015. It returned to Earth, with 600,000 Tomatosphere seeds as part of its cargo, on May 21,2015. (Photo from NASA’s Flickr account)
Tomatosphere™ registration is now open for educators for the 2016-2017 school year! Tomatosphere™, which had almost 18,000 classrooms participate in 2014-2015, is a program that uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Participating classrooms compare the germination rate of tomato seeds which have been exposed to space or a space-like environment with a control set of seeds. This year’s tomato seeds spent five weeks on board the International Space Station in April and May 2015 before returning to Earth on board SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. More details can be found on the Tomatosphere™ website or in this flyer.
Sign up now to get seeds sent free to your classroom. Seeds will be delivered in February/March 2017.