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Mission Space Lab Guidelines

Everything you need to know to create an experiment idea for Mission Space Lab.

Life on Earth


Life on Earth experiments investigate life on the planet’s surface using the Astro Pi computer known as “Izzy”. Izzy has multiple sensors and a near-infrared camera (with a blue optical filter) that faces out of a window in the ISS and is pointed at Earth.

If you choose this theme, you will need to submit an experiment idea that makes use of Izzy’s camera; use of the sensors is optional.

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Life on Earth rules
  • Your experiment must make use of the near-infrared camera and you must understand that the camera does not have thermal imaging capacity to measure the Earth's temperature.
  • Your experiment must not use night-time photography.
  • You cannot choose a destination to photograph, as the ISS could be anywhere on its orbit during our three-hour runtime.
  • You must understand that the camera will not be able to pick up detail like cars, roads, or buildings.

Planning your experiment


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