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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."