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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. ®

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