NASA releases new ‘Mars Rover’ game on Curiosity’s 4th anniversary

NASA releases new ‘Mars Rover’ game on Curiosity’s 4th anniversary

There is a latest fun app that allows users to explore the rocky terrain of the Red Planet, just like the US space agency’s Curiosity rover started doing in reality four years back.

NASA officials said that the free game known as ‘Mars Rover’ is meant for computers and mobile devices. The game must help players get a good appreciation of what Curiosity has been doing on the Mars. The users will also be able to hunt for buried water with the help of radar, just as NASA’s upcoming Mars rover are going to do.

‘Mars Rover’ has been developed as a result of combined efforts of JPL and the GAMEE game-player network. The game can be downloaded easily, and you can get further details about it, its link with the real-life Mars exploration, at ‘http://mars.nasa.gov/gamee-rover/’.

In a statement, Michelle Viotti, manager of Mars public engagement initiatives at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said, “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”.

Viotti added that with the help of social networks, the players can share the fun with their buddies. Viotto mentioned that gameplay would be helpful in opening a door to better and deeper literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The releasing date of the app has coincided almost precisely with Curiosity's Mars landing’s fourth anniversary. It occurred on the night of August 5, 2012.

The $2.5 billion Curiosity mission while on Mars has found that some portions of the Red Planet might have supported microbial life billions of years back. In fact, Curiosity indeed discovered that the region close to its landing place within the 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater was a lake-and-stream system that probably persisted in the ancient past for millions of years.


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