To coincide with the Curiosity rover’s fourth anniversary (in Earth years) on Mars, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has collaborated with GAMEE to develop the social media game Mars Rover.
While Curiosity explores the red planet, gamers can join the fun by driving a rover through rough Martian terrain, challenging themselves to navigate and balance the rover while earning points along the way.
The game also illustrates how NASA’s next Mars rover, in development for launch in 2020, will use radar to search for underground water.
“We’re excited about a new way for people on the go to engage with Curiosity’s current adventures on Mars and future exploration by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover too,” said Michelle Viotti, manager of Mars public engagement initiatives at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
“Using social networks, the user can share the fun with friends. The interest that is shared through gameplay also helps us open a door to deeper literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”