NASA Space Race Blastoff Facebook game launchedBy Angel Cuala on Jan 31, 2012 in Astronomy, Gaming, Science, Technology •
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently launched an online game via Facebook called “Space Race Blastoff“, which will test players’ knowledge about their space program.
NASA Space Race Blastoff logo
Image Credit: NASA.gov
According to a report by NASA on its official website on Monday, January 30, 2012, Space Race Blastoff is a multi-player (or solo) Facebook game about the space agency’s history, science, technology, and pop culture.
As noted by NASA, players who can answer the questions correctly will earn virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and space objects, and additional points to get more badges to complete sets and earn premium badges.
“We’re hoping Space Race Blastoff opens up NASA’s history and research to a wide new audience of people accustomed to using social media. We’re really excited to see what the interest will be.” NASA‘s associate administrator for communications David Weaver wrote on the report.
“Space experts and novices will learn new things about how exploration continues to impact our world.” Weaver added, noting that NASA‘s history will be more understood by a wider and new audience via social media.
Based on the description by NASA, Space Race Blastoff players can choose an avatar and answer 10 multiple-choice questions, with each correct answer equal to 100 points, with a 20-point bonus to the player who answers first.
The Space Race Blastoff Facebook app, which can also be played solo, was developed by Scott Hanger, Todd Powell and Jamie Noguchi of NASA‘s Internet Services Group in the Office of Communications, and is the first space online game to be offered via Facebook.
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