At York Pi Jam, for the past 2 years, we have given young people the chance to run their programming code on the International Space Station… yep, we’re not kidding!
Mission Zero, from Astro Pi (a project by ESA and the Raspberry Pi Foundation), offers students and young people the chance to have their computer programs run in space on the ISS! The teams write a simple program to display a message to the astronauts onboard.
To get involved, they don’t need special equipment or coding skills, but there are rules to follow to get their code guaranteed to run in space.
A team from York Pi Jam got involved and their code did successfully run on the International Space Station. Below you can see the exact location their program ran in space at the coordinates 16.8322, 175.6928.
It ran on the 15th of May 2020 at 7:42am – huge congratulations to that team. How awesome! We’re all very jealous at York Pi Jam HQ. Your certifications should be in your parent’s inbox.
Fingers crossed, Astro Pi will run Mission Zero again later this year. We hope to see you at our events and workshops as soon as it is safe to do so. You can see what preparations we are doing to keep you all safe by clicking here.
Can you help us #SaveYorkPiJam? We’re training to raise £150 this month to help cover the additional costs to run our free services caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. You can donate to York Pi Jam online by clicking here. Thank you.