Astro Pi

Aboard the International Space Station are two specially equipped Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis. They are there to run code written by children and teenagers.

Each Astro Pi has a camera, an LED display, buttons, and a joystick. They also have a range of environmental sensors: a gyroscope, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and sensors measuring humidity, pressure, and temperature.

Inspiring the next generation of space scientists

Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). It’s open to students from all 22 ESA member countries, including associate members Canada and Slovenia. In Mission Zero, students aged up to 14 write a simple Python program that will display a message on the International Space Station for 30 seconds.

Each year, we challenge students aged up to 19, and from across Europe and beyond, to write code for astronauts to run on the Astro Pis. Our Astro Pi programme aims to inspire young people to form an enduring interest in coding, space science, and STEM subjects and careers.

Run your code in space

Go to to find out about current and upcoming missions. You will also find the winning Astro Pi challenge entries from previous years, and plenty of useful resources to help you get started on your Astro Pi journey.

Astro Pi is a programme of the Raspberry Pi Foundation in partnership with the European Space Agency.