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NASA launches free 3-D online video game

on Tuesday,July 06,2010 21:07

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Many video games are loosely based on real-life jobs. Military service members, athletes and plumbers have all been portrayed as characters in virtual reality.

Now, the National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) has recently released a free online video game, Moonbase Alpha, within which the player is an astronaut.

Participants can play alone or as part of a team that must explore a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement. Moonbase Alpha is completely realistic, and features an interactive command center, lunar rover, mobile robotic repairs units and an equipment shed. Players must restore important systems and oxygen flow after a meteor shower damages life support equipment.

This is the first game created by the Learning Technologies Project, which supports the delivery of NASA content through interactive games as a means of enhancing science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). The Learning Project is a collaborative effort between NASA and the Army's Aviation Missile Research Development and Engineering Center.

The game was created to show how NASA content can be made into a game that educates students about the future of space exploration and provides STEM knowledge.

Moonbase Alpha is the first in a series of many NASA-based multi-player game projects.

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