Reasons for phase 1 rejection

These are some of the reasons why your Mission Space Lab experiment idea may have been rejected.

Use of thermal camera

Your experiment idea used the IR camera incorrectly. The camera is not capable of thermal imaging. Any experiments submitted that require thermal imaging will sadly not be able to achieve flight status.

Astronaut interaction

Your experiment idea requires interaction with crew members. Unfortunately, the ISS astronauts are very busy and do not have the time to actively participate in the Astro Pi experiments.

Relies on specific event occurring

Your experiment idea relies on a specific event occurring which is unlikely to occur in the 3 hour period in which your experiment will run.

Relies on ISS passing over a specific feature

Your experiment idea relies on the ISS passing over a specific feature. This is unlikely to occur in the 3 hour period in which your experiment will run.

Not enough detail

Your experiment idea was unclear and didn’t provide enough detail. Sadly we cannot progress entries through to Phase 2 without understanding the basis of your experiment idea.

Requires extra kit/stuff

Your experiment requires extra materials not available on the ISS.

Requires images from Astro Pi Ed

Your experiment idea asked for images to be retained from Astro Pi Ed. This is against programme rules as we need to protect the privacy of the astronauts.

Will exceed disk quota

Your experiment idea is likely to exceed the disk quota. You should modify your experiment so that no more than 3GB of data will be produced in a 3 hour period. Any experiment that exceeds the disk quota will not be able to achieve flight status and will be disqualified. Requires code to run at a known time.

Requires code to run at a known time

Your experiment idea relies on your program running at a specified time. This is not possible and sadly will not be able to achieve flight status.

Requires real-time communication with the Astro Pi units

Your experiment idea required real time communication between or with the Astro Pis.

Night-time photography

Your experiment idea required night time photography. We have recently conducted some tests and have concluded that the current hardware is unable to capture images with enough light to produce results.

Mission Zero

Mission Zero

Mission Zero offers students and young people the chance to have their computer programs run in space on the ISS! Teams write a simple program to display a message to the astronauts onboard. You don’t need special equipment or coding skills, and all participants that follow the rules are guaranteed to have their programs run in space. You will also receive a special certificate showing where exactly the ISS was when your program ran!

Who can take part?

  • Anyone who is 14 years or younger
  • In teams of two to four
  • Supervised by a teacher or mentor
  • Your team needs to be from either a primary or secondary school, Scout group or coding/after school club located in an ESA Member State, Slovenia, Canada or Malta. Certified home schools will also be accepted.
  • 50% of your team must be nationals of one of the participating countries mentioned above.You can find a list of ESA Member States here.

Official Mission Zero guidelines

How to take part:

  1. Teachers/mentors register for Mission Zero and receive a classroom code
  2. Students and young people follow along with the Mission Zero project to write their programs
  3. Students and young people use the classroom code to submit their programs

Teachers and mentors:

You need to register to receive a classroom code to give your team/s when they are ready to submit.

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Students and young people:

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Languages

To help many more people take part in their native language this year, we have also translated the Mission Zero resource, guidelines, and website into 19 different languages!

Mission Zero Languages

Mission Space Lab

Mission Space Lab

Mission Space Lab offers students and young people the chance to have their scientific experiments run on the ISS. Your challenge is to design and program an experiment to be run on an Astro Pi computer. The best experiments will be deployed to the ISS, and your team will have the opportunity to analyse your results and put together a short report about your findings. The ten teams that write the best reports will be selected as the Astro Pi Mission Space Lab winners!

To take part in this year’s Challenge, you need to submit your team details and experiment idea by Friday 25th October.

Official Mission Space Lab guidelines

Who can take part?

    • Anyone who is 19 years or younger at the time of submission
    • In teams of two to six
    • Supervised by a teacher or mentor
    • Your team needs to be from either a primary or secondary school, Scout group or coding/after school club located in an ESA Member State, Slovenia, Canada or Malta. Certified home schools will also be accepted.
    • 50% of your team must be nationals of one of the participating countries mentioned above.You can find a list of ESA Member States here.

    Unsure where to start?

    Watch the video below to learn what you can and cannot do during your experiment, including hardware limitations. This will help you to establish what ideas will work in space and what ideas to avoid.

ESA Member States

1. Your team needs to be from either a primary or secondary school, Scout group or coding/after school club located in an ESA Member State, Slovenia, Canada or Malta. Certified home schools will also be accepted.

2. 50% of your team must be nationals of one of the participating countries mentioned above.

ESA MEMBER STATES IN 2019

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Ireland
  12. Italy
  13. Luxembourg
  14. The Netherlands
  15. Norway
  16. Poland
  17. Portugal
  18. Romania
  19. Spain
  20. Sweden
  21. Switzerland
  22. United Kingdom

ESA will also accept entries from primary or secondary schools located outside an ESA Member State only if such schools are officially authorised and/or certified by the official Education authorities of an ESA Member State (for instance, French schools outside Europe officially recognised by the French Ministry of Education or delegated authority).

Mission Zero in your language

Mission Zero offers students and young people the chance to have their computer programs run in space on the ISS! Teams write a simple program to display a message to the astronauts onboard. You don’t need special equipment or coding skills, and all participants that follow the rules are guaranteed to have their programs run in space. You will also receive a special certificate showing where exactly the ISS was when your program ran!

We have translated the Mission Zero guidelines, resource and website into 18 different languages, to help many more people take part in their native language.

See the list below to take part in Mission Zero in your language:

English

Română

Polski

Ελληνικά

Čeština

Norsk

Français

Eesti keel

Suomi

Nederlands (NL/BE)

Dansk

Svenska

Italiano

Deutsch

Português

Magyar

Español

Slovenščina

Mission Space Lab

Mission Space Lab 2018 Submit Code Late

Mission Space Lab

Mission Space Lab 2018 Submit Code

Mission Space Lab phase 2 closed on 7 February 2018.

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Mission Space Lab

Mission Space Lab 2018 Submit Idea

Registration for Mission Space Lab closed on 29 October 2017.

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Mission Zero

Mission Zero 2018 Submission

 

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