Newton’s apple pips from Woolsthorpe take space tour with British astronaut Tim Peake
Apple seeds from the famous tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, have been sent up to the International Space Station (ISS), as part of the mission that British astronaut Tim Peake blasted off to join this week.
The tree which sits in the orchard of Woolsthorpe Manor, Newton’s home and birthplace, inspired his theories of calculus, light and gravity. These formed part of his book Principia – a book that changed modern-day science and is the namesake for the latest ISS mission.
“The pips were sent up on a supply rocket, Orbital 4 on December 6, after being handed over to Jeremy Curtis from the UK Space Agency last year,” explains National Trust Custodian for Woolsthorpe Manor, Jannette Warrener.
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