First Official NASA iPhone Game Is Science Fiction

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NASA has released their first iPhone game. It's called the NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator and, instead of making me happierer than a kid in a candy store wearing a Batman cape, reading the description makes me sad:

Welcome to the NASA Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator. You don't need a driver's license, but you still need to buckle up as the LER Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. Get busy. You never know if your skills here will become a major part of the NASA Astronaut application process in the future.

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Sadly, and since there are not going to be any NASA mission to the moon, we know that these skills would be useless. Unless that, by "NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator" they really mean "Soyuz Spacecraft Push Some Russian Buttons Simulator."

In any case, go to the App Store and enjoy the free game, because the real thing is not going to happen. [iTunes via Krapps]

DISCUSSION

norwoodismyhero
NorwoodIsMyHero

Gizmodo would be fair to clarify precisely what happened to NASA's budget.

[en.wikipedia.org]

"As of February 1, 2010, however, President Obama has scrapped the possibility of a moon base through his budget. He believes that NASA should be more focused on deep space missions.[48]"

Their budget was increased by an amount that outpaces inflation as well.

Why would we not want this over a lunar landing? This will make lunar landings easier in the future by definition. If we get better at going further it will just become easier to go closer.

Why can't we focus NASA's energies on going places we haven't already gone right now. Just be glad he didn't actually cut NASA's total budget, as politically he has the wiggle room to do so given the current status of the deficit.

Perhaps you clarified this in some of your NASA posts Jesus, but based on the reactions, I'm not sure you did.