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Miss Smith's grade three class at Langley Fundamental Elementary enjoyed growing tomato seeds as part of the Tomatosphere program. The students took their plants home to grown in their gardens over the summer.

Some photographs from St. Joseph's school.

Here is a series of photographs of the experiment, as it progresses at the University of Guelph. Day 0 shows the peat pots, planted and marked

Here, at Day 8, you can start to see the seeds sprouting.

At Day 20, there are marked differences in the peat pots. To view a line graph of germination rates, click here.

Dr. Mike Dixon, University of Guelph, talks with Dr. Robert Thirsk and five "Tomatonauts" at the promotional launch of the Tomatosphere project.

Dr. Robert Thirsk assists students from Guelph Collegiate and Vocational School and Central Wellington District High School to place tomato plants in the Mars Greenhouse environmental simulator at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Robert Thirsk, with "Tomatonauts" at the promotional launch of the Tomatosphere Project.

Canadian Astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk enjoys a moment in the presentation at the national launch of the Tomatosphere Project.

Professor Michael Dixon, University of Guelph, provides details about the growth of plant on Mars at the national launch of the Tomatosphere Project in December.

Canadian Astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk, with Dr. Michael Dixon, University of Guelph, reviews the basic components of the Tomatosphere Project with Tomatonauts Alanna Bolotta and James Saragossa, at the time, both from St. Cecilia School in Toronto.


Tomatosphere is sponsored by Let's Talk Science, the Canadian Space Agency, Heinz Canada Ltd, HeinzSeed, Stokes Seeds, the University of Guelph, and the First the Seed Foundation.