NASA launches Facebook game for space nerds
Cram up for tough Web2.0 rocket quiz
NASA has created its first ever multiplayer online game, Space Race Blastoff - and it's now available on Facebook.
The game puts space brainiacs to the test, by asking players to correctly answer questions about NASA's history, technology, science and pop culture. Those well-versed in the US space agency will be awarded with "virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and celestial objects".
Facebookers can compete against each other for the badges or play the game alone.
"Space Race Blastoff opens NASA's history and research to a wide new audience of people accustomed to using social media," said NASA's associate administrator for communications David Weaver. "Space experts and novices will learn new things about how exploration continues to impact our world."
Players can select an avatar and then face 10 crossfire questions with every correct answer jacking up 100 points. Any player that answers first during the game gets a 20-point bonus. ®
From Saturn V to this in fifty years
We used to be somebody. Now our space program is the butt of Medvedev's jokes. Sad, isn't it?
Look at Mexico
http://www.kerbalspaceprogram.com -- developed by an indy studio in Mexico. And it does a damn good job of simulating rocket launch, trajectory and even orbit. C'mon NASA, even *Mexico* is beating you on this one.
What happened America?
Space exploration used to be your thing. Now look at you. What man would have you now?