Pilot Rosetta at Home to Land on a Comet and Study It With NASA’s Comet Quest Game
If only the game tutorial told you how to fire Philae's harpoons.
The European Space Agency made history yesterday when its Philae lander became the first spacecraft ever to make a soft landing on the surface of a comet.
— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) November 13, 2014
But you can get in on the action with NASA’s Comet Quest, which tasks you with piloting Rosetta, sending the Philae lander down to the surface of a comet, and studying the comet while avoiding its dangerous debris. That mostly amounts to a lot of clicking white boxes and avoiding red ones, but controlling a spacecraft is hard, and we recommend that you check out the in-game tutorial before you begin so nothing gets in the way of all your important simulated science research.
You can also grab the game for free on your iOS or Android device so you’re not tied to your computer as you live vicariously through NASA as they live vicariously through ESA.
Just remember, terrible shirts aren’t included. You’ll have to supply your own.
(via io9, images via screenshot)
- The Rosetta team is still trying to figure out why Philae’s anchor harpoons didn’t fire
- ESA’s Rosetta video briefings are adorable
- Feel like you’re there with a nifty 3D image of Rosetta’s comet
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