Astro Pi is an annual science and coding competition where student-written code is run on the International Space Station to perform scientific experiments. It began as one of the educational projects for British ESA astronaut Tim Peake in 2015, open to the UK only, and was extended to all ESA member states for the flight of French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet last year.
This year Paolo Nespoli and Alexander Gerst are the ambassadors and for the first time associate ESA member states can also participate, including Canada and Slovenia
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Paolo Nespoli on ISS (English) length 2:18
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Starting on 25 September there are two missions to choose from:
Mission Zero (closes on 26 November)
- A non-competitive mission for young people no older than 14.
- Write a simple Python program using free online tools.
- Provided you follow a few rules, your code is guaranteed to run in space for 30 seconds!
- Receive a certificate showing the exact time when your code ran in space!
Mission Space Lab (registration closes on 29 October, but teams continue to spring 2018)
- A scientific mission for young people no older than 19.
- Design an experiment, receive free computer hardware to work with, and write the Python code to carry it out.
- Your code could be uploaded to the International Space Station and run for three hours (two orbits).
- You can earn a Bronze CREST award for your project work.