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Seeds in Space

posted on May 26, 2006

Students from northern Ohio are receiving a science lesson that's out of this world by growing tomatoes from seeds taken to outer space.

Students at Barker Alternative School in Sandusky are taking part in a study to discover how space influences a plant's growth. The "Tomatosphere" project was organized by the Canadian Space Agency with help from the United States and Russia.

The students received 35 of the half million Heinz ketchup seeds that were put on the International Space Station by U.S. astronauts. They also germinated 35 control seeds.

The goal of the program is to learn which seeds grow tomato plants at a more successful rate. The catch is students won't know which group is which until their teachers submit the data.

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