In Winter 2016/17, we continued A Decade With Mars with a project focused on the links between space travel and sustainability on planet Earth.
Before Yuri Gagarin left Earth and became the first human being in space, he planted a tree at the site he would launch from. Since 1961 hundreds of astronauts from all over the world have followed this tradition and planted a tree in the same place.
Space For Trees replicated the astronauts ceremony with schools and community groups around the UK, alongside workshops about the importance of looking after our planet.
European Space Agency astronauts plant trees at the ISS launch site,
in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.