Newton’s apple tree to travel into zero gravity

May 10th, 2010 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 10 (ANI): A piece of the tree, which inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity after an apple fell from it, will be carried into zero gravity space on the next NASA shuttle mission.

The section of wood from Newton’s original apple tree is normally held in the Royal Society’s archives.

It was lent to British-born astronaut Dr Piers Sellers, who will be taking it into orbit, as part of the academic institution’s 350th anniversary celebrations.

The tree sample will be accompanied on its trip into space by an image of Sir Isaac, also donated by the Royal Society.

“We’re delighted to take this piece of Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. While it’s up there, it will experience no gravity, so if it had an apple on it, the apple wouldn’t fall,” the Scotsman quoted Sellers, a graduate of Edinburgh University, as saying.

“I’m pretty sure Sir Isaac would have loved to see this, as it would have proved his first law of motion to be correct,” he added. (ANI)

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