British ESA astronaut Tim Peake currently stationed on the International Space Station (ISS) has sent a new video back from the space station showing how the Raspberry Pi powered Astro Pi units, Ed and Izzy are performing running children’s applications and experiments on board the ISS.
Check out the video embedded below to see what experiments the astronauts on the International Space Station have been carrying out with the small pocket Raspberry Pi mini PC which is available to buy on earth priced at $35 or less if you go for the Raspberry Pi Zero which recently launched and is now available to purchase for $5 or £4.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation website explains a little more :
If you’ve been keeping an eye on our blog, you’ll know that this month, UK students have another chance to send their code to Tim in space with our 2016 coding challenges. Today we’re excited to announce that a panel of top-flight judges have generously offered their time to help us select the winners.
Both challenges relate to music: Tim wants students to write a Python program to turn an Astro Pi flight unit into an MP3 media player, and he’d like people to write electronic music in Sonic Pi for him to listen to on the player. So we’re delighted that we’ll have musicians including synthpop giants OMD and film composer Ilan Eshkeri, as well as experts from the aerospace industry and our own crack team of developers, to help pick out winning entries from what we know will be an amazing field.
If you’re aged 18 or under and in the UK, and you’d like these amazing artists, space engineers and computer scientists to see your work, submit your entry via the Astro Pi website by 31 March 2016!
To find out more about the Astro Pi and to get involved jump over to the astro-pi.org website. If you found this article interesting you might also be interested in this list of awesome Raspberry Pi Zero projects we have put together.