CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA is working to bring fans of space exploration who might be far away from Kennedy Space Center closer to the action. Dubbed “Rocket Science 101” the game, is available for either computers or for the iPad.
Launches are managed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are managed under the Launch Services Program or LSP. LSP opens space up for the study of the Earth and the cosmos beyond. LSP is “virtually” handing off the responsibility of developing and launching rockets over to video game players and space enthusiasts. Personally I’m more of a fan of playing bingo for cash and other simple games, but this new game should provide the public with a real-world understanding of the thought processes involved in rocket science – via an entertaining game in the comfort of their own home.
To get players invested in the game they can select their favorite missions to work. Naturally players have varying levels of experience and the game is designed to accommodate them by having three different skill levels. The game helps educate the public by teaching them about the various components that incorporate a rocket and how these elements work together to send spacecraft into orbit.
This is identical to the process that LSP engineers and other specialists do on a daily basis and thus allow the player to gain a deeper appreciation of the complexities of rocket science. For gamers this just lasts one gaming session. For engineers? It’s a period that can last years. The game was developed by the Kennedy Information Technology Mobile Team in conjunction with LSP. Rocket Science 101 is available for iPad users via iTunes at: http://bit.ly/Mn1xLr
Rocket Science 101 is available online at: http://go.nasa.gov/Mn28Nt
To learn more about LSP, rockets and NASA missions, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/yg4U1J