I'm sure there may be political comment, but I posted the article here for people who would just like to play the game. If you wish to make political comment, please go to the politics forum. *****************************************************************************
NASA has abandoned plans to return to the Moon but videogamers can explore the lunar landscape with a free new online game released by the US space agency.
"Moonbase Alpha" allows players to join an exploration team in a futuristic 3D settlement on the south pole of the Moon.
"In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research," NASA said in an explanation of the game.
"Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement.
"With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement," NASA said
To accomplish their mission, players of the "first-person explorer" game use an interactive command center, lunar rover and mobile robotic repair units.
"Proper use and optimal allocation of their available resources are key to the team's overall success," NASA said.
NASA said the game is designed to "engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration."
Moonbase Alpha can be played by one or up to six players. NASA said it is a precursor to a planned NASA-based "multiplayer online game project."
The game is available at www.moonbasealphagame.com
It does look like fun centered on long term viability through computer generated problems.
NASA has once again landed on the lunar surface with the goal of colonization, research, and further exploration. Shortly after the return to the Moon, NASA has established a small outpost on the south pole of the moon called Moonbase Alpha. Utilizing solar energy and regolith processing, the moonbase has become self-sufficient and plans for further expansion are underway.
In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.
Team coordination along with the proper use and allocation of your available resources (player controlled robots, rovers, repair tools, etc.) are key to your overall success. There are several ways in which you can successfully restore the life support system of the lunar base, but since you are scored on the time spent to complete the task, you have to work effectively as a team, learn from decisions made in previous gaming sessions, and make intelligence decisions in order to top the leaderboards.
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