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Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge!

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:18 am
by Davespice
Astro Pi is back! Today we’re excited to announce the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). We are searching for the next generation of space scientists!


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



Promo video length 1:25
Paolo Nespoli on ISS (English) length 2:18
Paolo Nespoli on ISS (Italian) length 3:08

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!
  • FAQ
Take part

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.
  • FAQ
Take part

Re: Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge!

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:16 am
by Davespice

Mission Space Lab registration is now closed, those of you who submitted an idea should receive an email from the European Space Agency by 7 November to let you know if you've been selected for phase two. If so then shortly after a free Astro Pi kit will be shipped to you.

Mission Zero is still open until 26 November. Go here to take part.
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Re: Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge!

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:22 am
by Davespice
Hi folks, this is the last week to participate in Mission Zero - after the 26th you'll have to wait until next September!

Re: Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge!

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:31 am
by Davespice
Thanks to everyone who participated in Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab this year! We will be in touch soon. Those of you who missed it this year, please sign up to our mailing list to find out about next year's challenge