Can I take part?
Mission Space Lab is open to teams of 2-6 young people aged 19 or younger from ESA Member States, or Slovenia, Canada, Latvia, or Malta. Teams must be supervised by a teacher or mentor, who will submit their programs. Check our eligibility criteria for more information.
Entries for Mission Space Lab 2020/2021 are open from 14 September to 23 October 2020.
Successful teams receive a free Astro Pi kit!
Teams whose experiment ideas are accepted into Phase 2 of the challenge will receive an Astro Pi kit to help design and test their experiments on Earth, containing:
- Raspberry Pi 3B Model B
- Raspberry Pi Sense HAT
- Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2
- Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera (with blue filter included)
- Two 16 GB micro-SD cards (and full SD adapter)
- Power supply (for EU/UK power sockets)
- HDMI cable
- HDMI-to-VGA adapter
Planning the experiment
Watch this video to learn what you can and cannot do during your experiment, including the hardware limitations of the Astro Pi computers. This will help you to choose an experiment idea that will work in space.
Project timeline 2020/2021
Phase 1: Design
14 September 2020
Design an experiment to be run on an Astro Pi computer on the International Space Station.
Phase 2: Create
Teams that pass Phase 1 of the challenge write their programs. Teachers/mentors submit their team’s completed program. Astro Pi HQ will test the programs on Earth to determine the viability of the experiments.
Phase 3: Deploy
The best experiments will be deployed to the ISS.
Phase 4: Analyse
May - June 2021
Teams receive their experiment data from the ISS to analyse and write their final reports on Teachers/mentors submit their team’s report. The ten best reports are selected as the Astro Pi Mission Space Lab winners!
Why participate in Mission Space Lab?
We asked some mentors and participants of Mission Space Lab how they feel about the challenge, and why it is important to them.