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Newton’s apple pips from Woolsthorpe take space tour with British astronaut Tim Peake




British astronaut Tim Peake as he talks to UK media before being launched into space at the Science Museum, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday November 6, 2015. Peake, 43, will embark for a six-month stay on the space station on December 15. See PA Story: SCIENCE Peake. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire SUS-150611-133810001
British astronaut Tim Peake as he talks to UK media before being launched into space at the Science Museum, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday November 6, 2015. Peake, 43, will embark for a six-month stay on the space station on December 15. See PA Story: SCIENCE Peake. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire SUS-150611-133810001

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.

From left, Jannette Warrener, National Trust Custodian at Woolsthorpe Manor, Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency and TV personality Dallas Campbell, who championed the project as part of his involvement with PrISM. Copyright: National Trust - Colin Russell.
From left, Jannette Warrener, National Trust Custodian at Woolsthorpe Manor, Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency and TV personality Dallas Campbell, who championed the project as part of his involvement with PrISM. Copyright: National Trust - Colin Russell.

“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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