ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques are the ambassadors of the Challenge. They will accompany and supervise the Astro Pis on the ISS. The competition is a cooperation between ESA Education and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It offers students and young people the opportunity to carry out scientific research in space by writing computer programs running on Astro Pi's special Raspberry Pi computers on board the International Space Station (ISS).
The Astro Pi Challenge consists of Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab, which target different age groups. For the Mission Space Lab, an experiment with the environmental sensors and cameras of the Astro Pi computers Ed and Izzy on board the ISS has to be programmed. The best experiments will be used on the ISS. Submitters will then have the opportunity to analyze the experimental data and write a report with the results. The ten teams sending the best reports will be the winners of the Astro Pi Mission Space Lab 2018/2019.
In the first phase, the design phase, only one idea is required for an experiment. The Deadline for registration and submission of an idea through the website of Astro Pi is October 29, 2018.