Astro Pi: Goodnight, Mr Tim

On Saturday, British ESA astronaut Tim Peake returned to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. During his time in orbit, he did a huge amount of work to share the excitement of his trip with young people and support education across the curriculum: as part of this, he used our two Astro Pi computers, Izzy and Ed, to run UK school students’ code and play their music in space. But what lies ahead for the pair now Tim’s mission, Principia, is complete?

Watch Part 4 of the Story of Astro Pi!

Ed and Izzy will remain on the International Space Station until 2022, and they have exciting work ahead of them. Keep an eye on this blog and on our official magazine, The MagPi, for news!



Welcome home Tim and “Bonne continuation” Ed & Izzy ! ;o)

Looking forward to hearing more of your adventures in the near future.


The guy in the last was the french astronaut Thomas Pesquet, wasn’t he? I guess I figured out that you are collaborating with CNES for the next astro pi competition.


The two RPis will stay in space until 2022; that’s wonderful news! I’ve been following the Raspberry Pi story from the first post for a $25 computer on Hacker News in 2011. I’ve bought 5 RPis since. The RP Foundation has just been jumping from strength to strength–like Apple in its prime– only better and without a single misstep. Is Eben Upton Steve Jobs secret younger brother?


Will the competition Astro Pi continue, or will their be a competition like that ?


I saw a picture of Tim Peake, With a Raspberry Pi, on Google+. They were asking what was different in the picture. I was hoping that this post was going to answer that question. I figured out what the difference was already, I think I did.

So when do we find out for sure?

Some other things I would like to know. Can a baseline performance test be taken on the two RasPii. Then we could see if there is any degradation of performance due to radiation exposure over the years in space. These devices were not specifically hardened against radiation so it would be interesting to see if any significant reduction can be measured.

What kind of baseline performance test would show the best results for degradation?

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