Talks about an online space game made by NASA were circulating since 2008, but we just got official word from them and they will launch Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond.
Their partners in this project will be Virtual Heroes, Information Place and Project Whitecard. NASA hopes to attract students with this project and make them more interested in space exploration.
Most of the money behind the project will come from sponsors and individual investors. Experts from NASA will contribute to the realization of this MMOG.
“‘Astronaut: Moon, Mars, and Beyond’ was selected because the three companies involved had a really ideal combination of qualities we were looking for,” Daniel Laughlin of NASA’s Learning Technologies Project Office said in a statement. “They have the right experience, they demonstrated their ability to engage middle school through higher education curricula, and they have extraordinary enthusiasm about working with NASA to make a fun game. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from more than 800 pages of public input, it’s that this game must be fun if it’s going to be of any use for education.”