Raspberry Pi: Astro Pi celebrates anniversary of ISS Columbus module

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Right now, 400km above a Earth aboard a International Space Station, are dual really special Raspberry Pi computers. They were launched into space on 6 Dec 2015 and are, many assuredly, a farthest-travelled Raspberry Pi computers in existence. Each year they run experiments that propagandize students emanate in a European Astro Pi Challenge.

Raspberry Astro Pi units on a International Space Station

Left: Astro Pi Vis (Ed); right: Astro Pi IR (Izzy). Image credit: ESA.

The European Columbus module

Today outlines a tenth anniversary of a launch of a European Columbus module. The Columbus procedure is a European Space Agency’s largest singular grant to a ISS, and it supports investigate in many systematic disciplines, from astrobiology and solar scholarship to metallurgy and psychology. More than 225 experiments have been carried out inside it during a past decade. It’s also home to a Astro Pi computers.

Here’s a video from 7 Feb 2008, when Space Shuttle Atlantis went skywards carrying a Columbus procedure in a load bay.

Today, coincidentally, is also a deadline for a European Astro Pi Challenge: Mission Space Lab. Participating teams have until midnight tonight to contention their experiments.

Anniversary celebrations

At 16:30 GMT currently there will be a live eventuality on NASA TV for a Columbus procedure anniversary with NASA moody engineers Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei.

Our Astro Pi computers will be fasten in a celebrations by displaying a digital birthday candle that a organisation can blow out. It works by detecting an boost in steam when someone blows on it. The video next demonstrates a concept.

Do try this during home

The accurate Astro Pi formula that will run on a ISS currently is accessible for we to download and run on your possess Raspberry Pi and Sense HAT. You’ll notice that a module includes formula to make it stop automatically when a date changes to 8 February. This is only to save time for a belligerent control team.

If we have a Raspberry Pi and a Sense HAT, we can use a depot commands next to download and run a formula yourself:

wget https://rpf.io/colbday -O birthday.py
chmod +x birthday.py

When we see a vacant blue shade with a liughtness increasing, a Sense HAT is measuring a baseline humidity. It does this each 15 mins so it can recalibrate to take comment of healthy changes in credentials humidity. A steam boost of 2% is indispensable to blow out a candle, so if a credentials steam changes by some-more than 2% in 15 minutes, it’s probable to get a fake positive. Press Ctrl + C to quit.

Please twitter cinema of your candles to @astro_pi – we competence share yours! And if we’re lucky, we competence locate a glance of a candle on a ISS during a NASA TV eventuality during 16:30 GMT today.

Source: Raspberry Pi blog, created by David Honess.

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