Several readers have sent word that today NASA launched Moonbase Alpha
, an online game with single- and multi-player capability that "allows participants to step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement." The game is available now through Steam for free
. Moonbase Alpha
was built as a precursor to an upcoming NASA MMO
called Astronaut: Moon, Mars & Beyond
, and they hope it will be "a proof of concept to show how NASA content can be combined with a cutting-edge game engine to inspire, engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration."