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Newton's apple tree to experience zero-g

British-born Nasa astronaut to take piece of tree that aided scientist's discovery of gravity to international space station.

The stunt is part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Society, of which Newton, who died in 1727, was a former president. The society hopes to display the fragment at its 10-day festival of science and arts at the Southbank Centre, London, next month, and later at its HQ in Carlton House Terrace, London, where it will join exhibits including Newton's first telescope and his death mask.


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