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Wha? NASA Releases Its Own iPhone Game

Is it me, or does the fact that NASA is spending time making games for the iPhone and iPod Touch seem just a little... annoying? After all, the Space Shuttle fleet is about to retire, and we're nowhere close to returning to the moon. A manned mission to Mars now seems more like science fiction.

Yet now we have a lunar rover game for Apple's portable devices. Again, there's something wrong with this picture. Still, for interested wanna-be-Astronauts, the game allows you to drive a virtual Lunar Electric Rover on a future lunar outpost. The app is free, and can be downloaded here.

"Welcome to the NASA Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator," reads the game's description. "You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the LER Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. Get busy. You never know if your skills here will become a major part of the NASA Astronaut."

  • micr0be
    maybe its a funding project...
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  • micr0be
    lol ... not even ... its free :P
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  • the_krasno
    Future outpost in the moon? I would want you to clarify if it's russian or chineese. Because it will NOT be built by NASA at this pace!
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  • FloKid
    iRover
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  • Don't forget, part of NASA's responsibility is to educate, not just to get to space/moon/planets/etc.. faster. I was at the Goddard Space Flight Center for an internship over the summer, and while a lot of what they do focuses on getting to space/building better equipment, they also devote a lot of time to educating (weekly -at least- talks from important people in the field, educational fairs for younger kids, internships for students, etc...).
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  • It *is* you. Quit yer silly whinin' and say somethin' productive already.
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  • Clintonio
    I consider this NASA trying to hold onto their past victories by reminding us of what they HAVE done. Can't blame them either, even I dislike what the US Gov has done to NASA in the past few years... (Bush and Obama, Republicans and Democrats alike)
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  • pocketdrummer
    micr0bemaybe its a funding project...There's no way it would make enough money to support anything.

    It's a project with hopes to spur interest in the space program. They've been downsized quite a lot over the past few years, and they need more publicity to receive the funding they need.

    Without public interest, there will never be a manned mission to mars.
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  • grieve
    pocketdrummerWithout public interest, there will never be a manned mission to mars.Never is a long time...
    NASA is not the only space organization on Earth...Perhaps one day another organizations or the private sector may achieve these goals.

    Don't count out Virgin haha...
    http://www.virgingalactic.com/

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  • hythos
    Anyone remember a poll conducted on grades 2 to 12, where 75% believed they would make $100k after graduating High School? Likely from belief they will be atheletes, musicians, rock-stars and rappers. We largely have Apple to thank for that (iphone/ipod), so for NASA to attempt to reach to our "future" via iPods makes the most sense. Children surely won't learn any other way, especially about Space Exploration, at home or in school.
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