With Roman Space Observer, NASA provides a free retro game. It revives the cult of the old 8-bit games.
Just up to date 80 s retro games are back in vogue. With Roman Space Observer, NASA wants to pay homage to this nostalgia on the one hand, but also arouse interest in space on the other. The space agency wants “at the same time to spread the word about Nancy Grace’s Roman Telescope and the amazing science it will uncover”, so NASA promotes the game on its blog page. Here you can go directly to the game.
Even then, games like The Legend of Zelda, Pitfall!, Super Mario Brothers or Metroid fascinated people. Neither brilliant graphics nor other atmospheric staging decided whether it was a success or a flop. Rather, the gameplay and game idea of the 8-bit classic were the decisive criteria. With the 8-bit graphics of the 738 hardware and a limited memory, developers were solely responsible limited game space available.
The retro game Roman Space Observer should now reawaken the charm of the old games. NASA will not put the real Nancy Grace Roman Telescope into operation until 2026. As a player, you can also get in the mood for space experiences beforehand by taking over the telescope, which opens a field of view of the observatory.
Game fun promises: Roman Space Observer
The keyboard arrow keys are used to navigate the telescope through space, represented symbolically as a cluster of blue squares representing the observatory’s field of view. Accompanied by inspiring music, celestial objects such as galaxies, exoplanets, black matter or black holes can be collected by pressing the spacebar in Roman Space Observer. You have one minute to collect as many objects as possible with the aim of setting a new high score.
While galaxies are fairly common and easy to catch, black matter and black holes are more difficult. These are also harder to spot by blending into the dark background. But you get a lot more points for that. However, the most points are awarded for the Webb telescope, which occasionally comes into view. In any case, the developers hope to bring the universe a little closer to every player in this way.
“Our goal for this game is to to educate and inspire players about the amazing cosmic objects in our universe in a fun way”.
Space Telescope: Pioneer of a range of innovative technologies
As informed by NASA, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is intended to serve as an important tool for science through its global research programs and be put into operation in the year 2026. It is named after the former NASA chief astronomer known as “Mother of Hubble”.
The telescope aims to revolutionize astronomy by “with similar image sharpness or resolution, offers a panoramic field of view that is at least 80 times larger than that of Hubble.
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