Newton’s Apple Tree Heads into OrbitMay 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm by T.J. Del Santo under General Talk, Technology, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
My sixth grade science project was on gravity. I remember it well. I also remember learning a lot about Sir Isaac Newton during my research on the project. At the time, I didn’t quite understand the impact his theories had on us…. in college, I gained a much bigger appreciation.
You’ve probably heard the story about how Newton watched an apple fall from a tree and then began to wonder and wonder. He wondered so much that he developed theories of gravity about how planets interact with each other …and why that apple fell to the ground instead of floating in the tree’s branches. Newton’s Laws are still in use today.
Well, historians have saved pieces of that very famous apple tree, and one piece of it will be flying into orbit this Friday aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Astronaut Piers Sellers, who is from Great Britain, will have the honor of carrying the piece of wood into orbit. It’s a neat tribute to a remarkable man. I still can’t believe they have pieces of the apple tree!!!
Here’s some more info about it….