NASA launches multi-player Facebook game

NASA looks to test players’ knowldedge of space program

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NASA said today it had launched what it called its first multi-player online game to test players' knowledge of all manner of space-related activities. 

The app, developed for Facebook and called Space Race Blastoff tests players' knowledge of NASA history, technology, science and pop culture. Players who correctly answer questions like, "Who was the first American to walk in space? Who launched the first liquid-fueled rocket?,"  earn virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and celestial objects.

Players also earn points they can use to obtain additional badges to complete sets and earn premium badges, NASA stated. 

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Once in the game, players choose an avatar and answer 10 multiple-choice questions. Players get 15 seconds to answer each question.  Each correct answer earns 100 points, with a 20-point bonus to the player who answers first. The winner advances to the bonus round to answer one additional question for more points.

NASA said it developed the game for Facebook to take advantage of the social media site's large audience and enable players to compete against others. Individuals can also play solo games.

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