Astro Pi 2018/19: 4702 Mission Zero teams and 135 Mission Space Lab teams ran their programs on the ISS!

10 May 2019

ESA Education, in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, are excited to announce that 4702 teams of students and young people from 24 countries (all eligible countries except Austria) successfully entered Mission Zero, and had their programs run on the International Space Station for 30 seconds each!

Astro Pi team data shows snowy scenes at the southern tip of Hudson Bay in Canada. [Image credit: ESA]

Meanwhile, 135 teams of students and young people participating in Phase 3 of Mission Space Lab have just received back the data from their experiments, which ran for 3 hours each on board the International Space Station! These teams from 21 countries — including ESA Associate Member States Slovenia, Canada and Malta — have now reached Phase 4 – Analyse of the challenge.


Programs Deployed

Over the last few weeks, both Mission Space Lab and Mission Zero experiments were deployed on the two Astro Pi computers on board the ISS. For Mission Zero, the teams measured the temperature inside the ISS Columbus module, and used the Astro Pi LED matrix to display the measurement together with a greeting to the astronauts.

For Mission Space Lab, Astro Pi Ed was helping the participants investigate life in space, using sensors to measure the conditions on the ISS and even map the magnetic field of Earth. As for Astro Pi Izzy, teams were using her near-infrared camera to investigate life on Earth, such as vegetation health and the impact of human life on our planet.

All the teams’ programs were overseen by none other than CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques! He has a special congratulations message for all Mission Zero participants, which he sent straight from the ISS! Watch the video here.


Astro Pi Izzy captured an image of a Soyuz vehicle before docking on the ISS! [Image credit: ESA]

Who will win Mission Space Lab?

Now the final phase of Mission Space Lab begins: each team will analyse their data and write up their results in a short scientific report, to be submitted to ESA no later than 31 May at 23:59 BST. A jury of experts from ESA and Raspberry Pi will select the teams with the 10 best reports as the winners of Mission Space Lab. Each winning team will receive a very special prize!

We’re sending a round of applause to all the teams that have taken part in the European Astro Pi Challenge 2018/19, and we congratulate the teams whose programs ran on the ISS — by the end of June, you will all receive certificates in recognition of your hard work! Make sure to follow our updates to find out which 10 teams will become the winners of Mission Space Lab.

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