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High school students used a tiny computer to measure Earth’s magnetic field from space

High school students in Portugal have programmed a small computer on the International Space Station to measure Earth’s magnetic field from orbit. 

The three students, with help from their faculty mentor, created an add-on component for a Raspberry Pi computer — a low cost, credit-card-sized computer that plugs into a computer or TV monitor — as a part of the Astro Pi Challenge, a competition sponsored by the European Space Agency and the U.K.’s Raspberry Pi Foundation. The contest asked high school students to program a Raspberry Pi computer with code to be run aboard the orbiting lab, according to a statement from the American Journal of Physics.

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