I am totally honoured to have spent the last two days at Raspberry Pi in Cambridge, judging the secondary entries for Astro Pi, “Your Code In Space”.
The judges were all in agreement that the quality of work was extremely high. The ideas were magnificent, the coding was superb, and the effort was clear to see.
There was plenty of healthy, heated debate between the judges.
The winning entries are a genuine mix of themes, from Earth observation to nifty games.
Genuine science experiments are going to be done with Astro Pi, and I find that totally amazing. WELL DONE!
So what now?
It’s not over. If you didn’t manage to submit anything for the “Code in Space” phase, you can still participate in the “Flight Data” phase.
While on orbit, a dedicated Astro Pi will be logging data from its sensors to a file, which will be downlinked to Earth to share with YOU!
You can run the exact data logging code on you own Astro Pi at the same time and compare the data, or you can just use the data from orbit, and apply it to maths, physics, geography, art, the options are truly endless.
You will be able to see data on the rotation of the Space Station, the Earth’s magnetic field, and the environmental conditions where UK Astronaut Tim Peak will be living and working.
Does the pressure change when they use the airlock to do a space walk?
This is an exciting and unique opportunity to analyse real data, collected in space.
So get your thinking caps on, we want to hear about your ideas! Tweet @Astro_pi