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Two Romanian teams among the winners of the European Astro Pi Challenge Mission Space Lab

on 21 July 2021

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) congratulates the Romanian winners of the European Astro Pi Challenge Mission Space Lab 2020-2021 organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The two winning teams are from the Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science, Saint Sava National College. A third team, from the Mihai Eminescu National College in Oradea, was on the list of Highly commended teams.

In Mission Space Lab, teams of young people aged 19 and younger create scientific experiments that run on the two Astro Pi computers on board the International Space Station.




The 10 winning teams are:

  1. Atlantes from Niubit Coding Club in Spain who used a sonification process to convert data captured by the Astro Pi’s sensors into music, having been inspired by Commander Chris Hadfield’s performance of Space Oddity on the ISS in 2013.
  2. Mag-AZ from Escola Secundária Domingos Rebelo in Portugal who attempted to create an algorithm that could calculate the location of the magnetic poles of any planet or star by using the Astro Pi to map Earth’s magnetic fields.
  3. Zeus from Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science in Romania who used photos of Earth captured by the Astro Pi camera, historical data sets, and machine learning to develop a weather forecast system that could predict meteorological phenomena on Earth.
  4. Mateii from Saint Sava National College in Romania who investigated the potential growth of Aspergillus and Penicillium mold on the ISS in comparison to on Earth using a simulation model and Astro Pi sensor readings from inside the Columbus module.
  5. Juno from Institut d'Altafulla in Spain who attempted to determine how much heat the astronauts on board the ISS experience by using temperature, pressure and humidity data captured by the Astro Pi and psychrometric calculations.
  6. SpaceRad from Centrum Nauki Keplera - Planetarium Wenus in Poland who investigated albedo (the proportion of light or radiation that is reflected by a surface) on Earth to evaluate the efficacy of using solar farms to combat climate change.
  7. Albedo from Lycée Albert Camus in France who also investigated albedo on Earth, using photos captured by the Astro Pi camera to classify cloud, land and sea coverage and analysing their corresponding albedo values.
  8. Magtrix from The Leys School in the United Kingdom who analysed whether geographical features of Earth such as mountains affect its magnetic field using the Astro Pi’s magnetometer, GPS data and photos of Earth captured by the Astro Pi.
  9. Mechabot from Robone Robotics Club in Germany who investigated how the Earth's magnetic field correlates with its climate, and how this affects near-Earth objects' behavior in low Earth orbit.
  10. Spacepi2 from Zanneio Model High School in Greece investigated urbanization on Earth by comparing photos captured by the Astro Pi with historical data using an automated photo classification program they created and NDVI analysis.

More details here.

Image credit: ESA