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NASA Released Mars Rover Game on Curiosity's Anniversary

Aug 05, 2016 07:35 AM EDT
Simulated Mars Rover At Walt Disney World Resort
NASA released a new game called "Mars Rover" that lets players search for water on Mars.
(Photo : Gene Duncan/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)

NASA is looking for Mars Rover drivers and it very easy to qualify for one. But aspirants will not physically go to Mars since this is for the agency's new game inspired by NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover.

Explorers and alien hunters can download a new Mars-inspired computer game released by NASA in time for the Mars Curiosity Rover's anniversary. With the game, anyone can play pretend as an astronaut searching for science on the surface of Mars.

The fun and educational new game is set on the rocky surface of the red planet, patterned after the environment traversed by the real Curiosity rover on Mars. NASA released "Mars Rover" in line with the anniversary of the Mars Curiosity rover. The game will enable the public to better understand the rover's role in Mars exploration.

Currently, Curiosity is observing the terrain of Mount Sharp and was recently instructed to find signs of life. Dark streaks on the slopes can mean flowing liquid water is still influencing the marks.

With the new mobile game, players can also search for water buried on Mars by using radar. The game can be played on both computers and mobile devices. It is a collaboration between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and GAMEE, a game-player network.

"We're excited about a new way for people on the go to engage with Curiosity's current adventures on Mars and future exploration by NASA's Mars 2020 rover, too," Michelle Viotti, manager of Mars public engagement initiatives at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement. "Using social networks, the user can share the fun with friends. The interest that is shared through gameplay also helps us open a door to deeper literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Viotti added.

The "Mars Rover" game can be downloaded from NASA's official website for free and it is available for Android and IOS devices as well as desktop computers.


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