Today’s news article might be a bit old, since we’re not talking about our usual arcade game manufacturers or any big name in the industry. In fact, we’re talking about an organization that doesn’t even make games at all, but that interestingly enough tried dipping their toes into the industry to commemorate a special occasion. Specifically, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, released a brand new browser-based arcade game to celebrate the upcoming launch of the new Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.
For those who practice or work in the field of astronomy, or simply like to keep on top of matters concerning celestial affairs, this new satellite is a pretty big deal: The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (NGRST), was designed specifically to research and discover the nature of dark energy and dark matter, subjects that, to this day, exist only theoretically. Nevertheless, while space and astronomy buffs will probably have their hands full analyzing the data from this telescope as soon as it’s up and running, they will also have something to kill time until we get to that point. We’re talking about NASA’s “Roman Space Observer”, the browser-based game they created and published to mark the occasion.
Roman Space Observer is inspired by the old arcade games of the ‘70s, which even up to the late ‘80s, often had very simplistic and straightforward premises and gameplay mechanics. In this case, you play the role of a telescope whose sole objective is to discover new objects in space while steering clear of hazards and space phenomena. The idea here is to not only survive, but also to make the most discoveries and set the high score, which is then shared on the Roman Space Observer page on NASA’s website.
Regarding their awesome new game, NASA stated the following:
“With the ever-revolving loop of popular trends, retro 8-bit style games have made a big comeback in the gaming industry. Younger generations are now loving games that older generations still enjoy. This game is intended to entertain players across a wide variety of interests and skill sets, all while spreading the word of the Nancy Grace Roman Telescope and the fantastic science it will uncover.
Our goal for this game is to inform and inspire players about the amazing cosmic objects in our universe and what Roman may be able to see in a fun and engaging way.”
“The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is a next-generation observatory that will peer through dust and across vast stretches of space and time to survey the infrared universe. The mission will help us solve some of the most profound mysteries in astrophysics, such as how the universe has evolved, its ultimate fate, and whether we are alone. Roman’s enormous view of space and fast survey speeds will allow astronomers to observe planets by the thousands, galaxies by the millions, and stars by the billions. The mission also aims to help illuminate two of the biggest cosmic puzzles: dark energy and dark matter.” NASA
If you want to stay on top of the ongoing discoveries and updates related to the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, feel free to follow the team on Twitter.
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