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Official NASA MMO to Blast Off in 2012

Posted Aug 24, 2011 by Suzie Ford

Official NASA MMO to Blast Off in 2012

NASA may be finished with the space shuttle but it is ready to blast off into virtual space with the coming of Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond. The NASA-sponsored MMO is scheduled to launch into beta space in late 2012. Targeting the 5-24 age group, Astronaut Academy recreates the solar system that features space exploration, career advancement and awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The game will be designed to be fun and engaging, scientifically accurate, enabling career exploration and STEM learning. The target audience will be the 5-24 age and the gaming and science enthusiast markets. It will have an open architecture to support expandability and linkages to multiple technologies and media. The game will be built using the Unreal Engine 3 with initial support for the iOS and Windows PC platforms. 

The beta test for Astronaut Academy is planned for December 2012 and the Astronaut Academy Handbook (an overview of the science and technology of the game's setting) is also in development for release on iOS soon.

We've started a Kickstarter page to help fund the beta. For more information visit

Get involved in the community on the official Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond forum.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom