European Astro Pi Challenge 2020 – 2021

Norsk Astro Pi Challenge is a European competition where school students have the opportunity to program a scientific experiment and have their experiment performed in space, more specifically at the International Space Station. The mission is divided into two levels: Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab.

Mission Zero

In this assignment, students up to the age of 14 will use an Astro Pi Sense HAT web emulator available online. Using this online emulator, they will instruct the Astro Pi display a text message and display the humidity using the Astro Pi LED Matrix. Each contribution is submitted through the online tool and everyone who participates will have their contribution run on Astro Pi’s onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Read more about Mission Zero here

Submission and registration of your contribution between 14 September 2020 – 19 March 2021

During May 2021, the teams will receive flight status for their program onboard the ISS.

Mission Space Lab

In this assignment, students between 14 and 19 years old will in first phase design their own scientific experiment and submit it. Some designs will be selected and move on to the next phase. In the second phase, students will program and test their experiment on a real Astro Pi that they will receive. The code will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) and run by an astronaut on a similar Astro Pi located there. In the third and final phase, students get data back from space and analyzes it. Read more about Mission Space Lab here

Important dates:

  • 14 September 2020 – 23 October 2020: Registration and submission of idea
  • 13 November 2020 – 12 February 2021: Selected teams design and write the computer program
  • April – May 2021: The best experiments will be selected to run on ISS
  • May – 8 June 2021: Teams analyse their data from ISS


All questions regarding the competition should be directed to email address: astropi@​​ (in English). You can also find more help on Astro Pi Challenge on ESA’s pages.

Good luck!