Do you have what it takes to be a lunar explorer?
NASA has released a free online video game designed to immerse gamers in a futuristic 3D lunar settlement as they step into the role of an exploration team member.
Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to restore critical systems and oxygen flow after a meteor strike cripples a solar array and life support equipment at a small outpost on the south pole of the moon called Moonbase Alpha. Available resources include an interactive command center, lunar rover, mobile robotic repair units and a fully-stocked equipment shed.
Billed by NASA as a 'First Person Explorer' this serious game includes both a single player capability and LAN or internet multiplayer gameplay for up to six active players on a team.
With a rating of "E" for everyone, the game is part of a NASA attempt to show that research content can be combined with a cutting-edge game engines to inspire, engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration.