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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:36PM Ivasen said

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does anyone else get the feeling NASA is getting really bored with looking at stars all day?.

Oh well, at least it gives them something to do.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:40PM Ivasen said

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does anyone else get the feeling NASA is getting really bored with looking at stars all day?.

Oh well, at least it gives them something to do.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:43PM ployer said

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I think this is pretty neat myself, not only is it a game but a learning tool. Also it gives those of us who have a snowballs chance in hell of going into space a chance to at least get somewhat of a experience of what it is like

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:51PM Scuffles said

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I'm both Interested and Horrifies at the prospect of NASA producing an MMO

but it will be interesting to see where this goes....

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:54PM (Unverified) said

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Bah! I can see it now... Jupiter's going to be a 25-man raid. Another shaft to us casuals... no thanks!

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 6:04PM DFuzzy1 said

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If you don't want to raid, you can always work on prospecting by grinding moon rock nodes. Heard exploration exp was pretty decent as well. And crafting at the ISS is always fun!

But if you raid, make sure everyone agrees on the same unit system. Otherwise you'll be like that one dude who overshot and plowed through the atmosphere.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 5:58PM (Unverified) said

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Anyone else check the calender to see if it was April 1st?

This has to be a joke. If they are honestly spending tax dollars on game development and not actually going to the moon and beyond again its ridiculous. They need to stop being so scared of loosing a rocket or a pilot and get the hell into deeper space. They flew a craft with the same or less processing power than a cell phone to the moon in 1969. Building an mmo doesn't even come close to trumping that. I give this a wage of my finger at NASA...I'm sure you can all guess which one.

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 6:15PM (Unverified) said

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The NASA of late years is all but long gone. The days of man traveling to other planets and such is on the back burner. Remember what happen when Atlantis exploded upon re-entry into earth? That was some major bad PR for NASA and sense them days the focus has been put on sending unmanned craft and such to search space.

Risking human life to find out the same information we can get from unmanned craft and such isn't worth it or the bad PR. If you are looking for counties that are actively looking to send people to other planets and such then you need to look at independent companies and counties like China / Japan and such.

If I was you I would be more worried about where they are spending your Tax dollars on other places then trying to build a MMO that is designed to bring more people into the space program and NASA. What about the billions of tax dollars that are paid to companys like Black Water to protect the US where they don't even do the job and/are causing more harm then the people they are trying to stop?

No I give props to NASA for creating a recruiting tool out of a modern form of entertainment.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2009 1:31AM Naoki7 said

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I highly doubt that this is actually NASA itself making this game. It's likely a separate company that's been given a contract to make it. NASA has tons of these sorts of contracts with tons of different companies.

I did an internship with one of these companies who were making a similar sort of edutainment game and let me tell you: the moon is BORING. Black sky, grey dirt. Tiny habitat modules, slow-moving astronauts. Boring, boring, boring. Some of the vehicles like the Chariot or the ATHLETE are cool but you can't *do* anything fun with them. The gist of this type of moon game is going to be landing the modules, setting up the base, doing experiments, and fixing problems that come up. That's pretty much it. It's going to be hard to get any sort of depth out of so little content.
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Posted: Dec 17th 2009 2:23PM ZenJitsu said

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I agree with Tom316. I'm all for anything that will further science education, considering that the majority of people today probably find their space exploration education in science fiction movies.

It also didn't help that the mandate from the previous Administration with the goal of manned exploration to Mars forced NASA to cut or cancel a lot of science education programs and initiatives. It fired up the imagination (and approval ratings), but they weren't given the appropriate budget to handle it in the long term.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2009 8:18PM Russell Clarke said

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Moonbase Alpha...Space 1999, anyone?

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 10:36PM Syntih said

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atleast they are saving money on that soundtrack.....

Posted: Dec 16th 2009 10:38PM Syntih said

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and before anyone says so, yes i know in space there is no sound

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Posted: Dec 17th 2009 10:26PM (Unverified) said

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Love Fuzzy's mix of NASA and WoW references.

I am sure it has been stated publicly that Moon Base Alpha is being produced by NASA in collaboration with the America's Army team and developed by ARA/Virtual Heroes and distributed on Steam.

Posted: Dec 29th 2009 8:51PM (Unverified) said

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There is allready a colonising type simulator/ MMO being made, based on Mars missions and with a scientific background where players have to use the equipment to keep bases up and running for the survival of all players.

Its called Mars Colony Online, its still in beta but there is regular testing going on, I've been on some beta 'missions' and found it to be one of the most unique types of game out there. Go to http://www.hyperkat.com/ for more info..

some video of it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwp9o0kCoHU

Posted: Jan 1st 2010 11:12PM (Unverified) said

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I was looking at Mars Colony Online only the other night and it seems similar in appearance to the NASA offering but with more information. The NASA video has slightly better modelling, but tells you nothing.
Oh, and Tom316. It was Shuttle Columbia that was lost on re-entry in 2008. Atlantis is still in service. It's sadly true that manned space exploration is on the back-burner, but the shuttle was never meant as an exploration vehicle per se, it's a LEO taxi and can't really be replaced by un-manned vehicles. I can see the private sector, China and ESA moving more into that role. When next we'll see human beings go further than LEO I don't know, but I doubt it will be soon.
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