Astronaut: Moon, Mars And Beyond is an adventure game focused on mankind's future missions into the outer reaches of the solar system: this time to stay, and is a follow-up to Moonbase: Alpha (released in July 2010) which was the proof-of-concept for developing commercial quality videogames using NASA content. Astronaut Academy (the first chapter of the AMMB series) is a recreation of the solar system featuring simulated mission-based 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 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.
Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond and Astronaut Academy, built using the Unreal Engine 3, are being developed in accordance with a "Space Act Agreement" with NASA Learning Technologies by Project Whitecard and Wisdom Tools. NASA is not spending money directly on the project and we are also receiving private funding.
Project Whitecard are running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the beta.
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