NASA is releasing a video game to celebrate the next space telescope

A sample of the gameplay.
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Nasa sparks excitement for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope with a super-retro 8-bit inspired video game, and it’s honestly a lot of fun. In the game, players are operators of the Roman space telescope who must collect different celestial objects ranging from exoplanets to dark matter.

What is the Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope?

Once launched, the Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope will become a powerful tool in NASA’s arsenal for unlocking the secrets of the universe. The purpose of the astronomical project is to study dark energy and black matterwhich represent approximately 95% of the known universe. The telescope will also be used to search for exoplanets, much like the James Webb Telescope.

NASA Says Roman Space Telescope Will Work Much Like Hubble, but it will run on technology three decades more advanced than its predecessor. This should allow Roman to capture infrared images 200 times larger than the images collected by Hubble. Although NASA has yet to set a firm launch date, the telescope passed a design review in September 2021, and NASA aims to begin science operations no later than May 2027.

The Roman Space Observer Game

NASA released the Roman space observation game last week to the delight of lovers of space and vintage. With the The 80’s being so in Right now Roman Space Observer game fits perfectly because it is a retro style arcade game. Think Asteroids, but instead of exploding space rocks, players collect exoplanets and black holes. NASA said on the game’s homepage: “Our goal for this game is to educate and inspire players about the incredible cosmic objects in our universe and what Roman may be able to see in a meaningful way. fun and engaging.”

The game is named after the Nancy Grace Roman space telescope, which is slated to launch later this decade.

The game is named after the Nancy Grace Roman space telescope, which is slated to launch later this decade.
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I played the game a bit and had a blast. I was given control of the Nancy Grace Space Telescope and had to catch as many astrophysical objects as possible in a minute using the telescope sights. Galaxies, supernovae, rogue planets and even the James Webb Telescope zoom in and out of sight from the Roman Space Telescope while a kitschy soundtrack full of “beeps” and “bloops” plays in the background. There are also dark matter blobs and black holes streaking across the screen, but these proved to be much harder to catch as they blended into the black background, which is probably why they’re worth so many points .

It sounds easy, but it’s actually incredibly difficult, and I’ve spent far too long living the dream of a NASA telescope operator. I’m by no means a video game expert, but I love science and I think the Roman Space Observer game is a super fun way to engage the public in the telescope’s mission of the same name to study some of the most mysterious parts of our universe.

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