Extreme Raspberry Pi: How the Pi is thriving in the most dangerous environments on Earth

Raspberry Pi in the wild

While the most extreme environment the average Raspberry Pi has to deal with is a dusty shelf, the low-cost computer has survived some truly hostile conditions.

Whether it's the irradiated, freezing vacuum of space or the frozen wastes of Antarctica, the Raspberry Pi is crunching data in these most inhospitable of places.

The board's combination of affordability, good-enough computing and tiny size seems to make it favorite for projects in far flung and dangerous locales.

Click through this gallery to see the projects that have taken or are taking the Raspberry Pi to Earth's harshest corners and beyond.

SEE: Inside the Raspberry Pi: The story of the $35 computer that changed the world (cover story PDF)

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.