Official Nasa Game - Moon Mars & Beyond


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This presentation was given at the National Academies of Science. The objective of was to Advance NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration and the Aldridge Report objectives through the use of “Serious Game” technologies. Our goal was to create a platform for conversation to inspire the American public and the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

Current levels of performance in science and technology are the second largest national security threats facing America. As such, scientific illiteracy and scientific and technical workforce shortages are a serious threat to sustaining NASA’s workforce needs. These realities exist within the larger context of NASA's brand and the American perception of space exploration.

The video game industry is not a “future” industry—it is a high-growth 35.3 billion dollar global industry that promises important benefits and implications to society, NASA's brand, and science and technology-based industries in general. It may come as no shock to learn that video and computer gaming will continue to be the hottest market in the entertainment industry, at least for the rest of the decade.

Our product development strategy was to develop a novel, cutting-edge, networked “serious game”. The goal of this game was nothing less than revitalizing interest in NASA’s programs among our youth and thus encourage career exploration in space science and engineering.

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Official Nasa Game - Moon Mars & Beyond

  1. 1. The Space Exploration Game Based on Real Science
  2. 2. Overview Space Exploration Game Platform Fully Interactive Universe Mini Game Model First Person Exploration NASA Game Demo 2 of 11 NASA Galleries Washington DC
  3. 3. Space Exploration Game Platform A Science & Engineering Game Inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers (girls & boys) Integrated platform offers a Career Exploration Engine, Digital Science Labs, and Digital Centennial Challenges Research & development partnership between government, industry and academia 3 of 11 NASA Galleries Washington DC
  4. 4. Fully Interactive Universe Underlying Magic Human & robotic exploration missions using accurate models of environments, robots, vehicles, tools, and human physiology Real physics-based environment Artificial intelligence provides team-based AI as well as dynamic game object interaction International multi-player experience supported by a central database for multi- platform gaming and game statistics tracking system 4 of 11 NASA Galleries Washington DC
  5. 5. Mini Game Model 4 of 11
  6. 6. First Person Exploration A New Genre of Game Play Humans vs. Nature Humans vs. Technology Team efficiency and comparative team performance New Heads Up Display based on DOD Future Force Warrior New tools for rendering scientific phenomena 5 of 11
  7. 7. Visualizing Scientific Phenomena The Heads Up Display Play a Astronomy Mini Game in the NASA JPL “Virtual” Field Center Acquire the scientific “insight” to see the asteroid and manipulate the model 6 of 11
  8. 8. Visualizing Scientific Phenomena The Heads Up Display Play a Planetary Geology Mini Game in the NASA Goddard “Virtual” Field Center Rescue stranded team members in our solar system’s largest canyon 8 of 11
  9. 9. Visualizing Engineered Solutions The Heads Up Display Play an Electrical Engineering Mini Game in the NASA Langley “Virtual” Field Center. Use the wiring diagram to find the electrical problem and get the Crew Exploration Vehicle to launch 9 of 11
  10. 10. Visualizing Biomedical Information The Heads Up Display Play a series of Human Physiology Mini Games in the NASA Ames Research “Virtual” Field Center Treat a team member for radiation poisoning 10 of 11
  11. 11. Todd Borghesani, Esq.