Luca Parmitano blows out his virtual candle on the Astro Pi


During Luca’s Mission Beyond, we sent warm wishes to the astronaut on his birthday (27 September) onboard the ISS by gifting a virtual candle to blow out on an Astro Pi.

Astro Pi computers come with a set of sensors and gadgets that can be used to run great scientific experiments by means of computer coding. This set of sensors is called ‘Sense HAT’ (that stands for ‘Hardware Attached on Top’).

The Sense HAT add-on board was specially created for the Astro Pi competition. The board gives Astro Pi the ability to ‘sense’ and make many kinds of measurements, from temperature to movement, and to output information using a special display – the 8×8 LED matrix. The Astro Pis are also equipped with a joystick and buttons – just like a videogame console!

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  1. Elastic Collision of two spinning balls in space! How they behave? Please put a video about the elastic collision of two spinning objects in space!
    If possible one more demo video explaining Dzhanibekov Effect or Tennis Racket Theorem from space!
    A very big thanks in advance!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday. Can we please get two videos.

    1. A small ball (ping pong or tennis ball size) with water all around it just floating there for several seconds.,

    2. A gyroscope spinning long enough to show that the orientation changes due to the orientation change of the ISS in orbit.

    This would be fabulous thanks.

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