214 teams granted Flight Status for Phase 3 of Mission Space Lab 2020-21



ESA Instruction and Raspberry Pi Foundation are psyched to announce that 214 teams collaborating in this year’s European Astro Pi Mission Area Lab Problem have reached Flight Standing. That indicates they will have their laptop or computer programs run on the Global Place Station (ISS) later this thirty day period!

Mission Area Lab offers teams of learners and younger people up to 19 many years of age the wonderful opportunity to perform scientific experiments aboard the ISS, by composing code for the Astro Pi pcs — Raspberry Pi computer systems augmented with Perception HATs. Groups can opt for involving two themes for their experiments, investigating both existence in place or lifetime on Earth.

Lifestyle in House

For ‘Life in space’ experiments, groups use the Astro Pi personal computer known as Ed to investigate everyday living inside the Columbus module of the ISS

Lifetime on Earth

In ‘Life on Earth’ experiments, teams investigate life on our residence planet’s surface area utilizing the Astro Pi laptop or computer acknowledged as Izzy. Izzy’s around-infrared digital camera (with a blue optical filter) faces out of a window in the ISS and is pointed at Earth.

Stage 3: Flight Status achieved

Compilation of photographs of Earth taken by an Astro Pi laptop

Throughout section 2, that runs from November to February, Mission Room Lab groups produce the plans for their experiments in Python. After groups are delighted with their systems, have tested them on their Astro Pi kits, and submitted them to us for judging, we operate a collection of checks on them to make certain that they follow experiment guidelines and can operate without the need of problems on the ISS. The experiments that meet up with the relevant requirements are then awarded Flight Position.

The 214 teams awarded flight standing this yr depict 21 international locations and 862 young men and women, with 30% feminine members. 137 teams with ‘Life on Earth’ experiments and 77 groups with ‘Life in space’ experiments have effectively built it by way of to Phase 3.
Spain has the most teams progressing to the future section (26), closely followed by the United kingdom (25), Romania (21), France (21), and Greece (18).

In the subsequent few months, the teams’ experiments will be deployed to the Astro Pi pcs on the ISS, most of them currently being overseen by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will be traveling to the ISS on 22 April on his new mission, Alpha!

In the remaining stage, managing  we’ll send out the teams the facts their experiments acquire, to analyse and produce shorter studies about their results. Dependent on these studies, the ESA Education and Raspberry Pi Basis experts will figure out the winner of this year’s Mission Area Lab. The winning and remarkably commended teams will get distinctive prizes.

Congratulations to all effective teams! We are really on the lookout forward to looking at your experiences.

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