NASA takes gamers on a lunar adventure

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. 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. 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. Moonbase Alpha can be played by one or up to six players.

The game is available at MoonbaseAlphaGame.com

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