NASA is Making a Dangerous Mission for Kerbal Space Program

NASA loves the Kerbal Space Program.

No, really. The scientists and engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — the men and women who actually put people into space — love sending little googly-eyed green men to the stars, as well.

Polygon has a terrific feature up about the agency’s appreciation for indie developer Squad’s hardcore/fun space-flight simulator, and NASA’s belief that Kerbal aids in its mission to inspire the next generation to pursue science. The story reveals that NASA is currently working with Squad to create one of the “most complex and dangerous missions” in Kerbal Space Program.

In real life, NASA hopes to put a human on an asteroid by 2025. It’s that very real, very dangerous mission NASA will also task players with completing in Kerbal Space Program. From Polygon:

Players will first have to launch a spacecraft to fly alongside the asteroid, the equivalent of parallel parking one missile next to another. Then they will have to push the giant rock into a stable orbit around the Kerbal’s home planet without creating an extinction-level impact below. Finally, they’ll need to safely land on it.

The full Polygon story digs into the many twists and turns of Kerbal Space Program’s development, and it’s well worth the read.

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