The tree is in the orchard of Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, Newton’s home and birthplace, and where some of his greatest works emerged.
Newton’s theories of calculus, light and gravity, developed at Woolsthorpe between 1665-66, formed part of his book Principia – a book that changed modern-day science and the namesake for the latest ISS mission.
National Trust custodian for Woolsthorpe Manor Jannette Warrener said: "The pips were sent up on a supply rocket, Orbital 4 on 6 December, after being handed over to Jeremy Curtis from the UK Space Agency last year. We’re not yet sure how the pips will be used but what we do know is that in six months the seeds will return and be distributed to various places, including Woolsthorpe, where we will aim to nurture these ‘space’ pips into new apple trees!.
Samples are from the tree are kept at the Trust’s Plant Conservation Centre in Devon.
Warrener added: "We’ve developed a brilliant project with young scientists from schools in the region called PrISM which involved them launching a weather balloon into space to map out electro-magnetic radiation – the data will be shared with visitors and also used to inspire younger scientists. We’ve loved the project and really want to continue it on in the future".