If you’re a fan of Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian,’ then you will be thrilled to find out that you will be able to learn how to grow vegetables in outer space just like Mark Watney. Recently, NASA released an educational mobile application called NASA Science Investigations – Plant Growth, whose purpose is to teach children and adults what it means to grow something as common as lettuce on the International Space Station.
NASA’s latest application is what you might call Sims meets Kerbal Space Program. It’s a groovy space simulator inspired by the International Space Station’s experiments which allow players to see what it means to be an astronaut onboard the ISS.
Although it’s no Witcher 3 in terms of graphics, NASA’s application is more a very efficient learning tool rather than a game – but this doesn’t mean that you can’t have any fun. So, the purpose of NASA Science Investigations is to grow plants on board the International Space Stations by using various tools and gadgets.
Before downloading the game, we have to warn you that it is pretty hard to master, and frustrating at times – one wrong move and you can wave bye-bye to your experiment and to food that doesn’t come out of a sealed box (much like in real life).
The game starts off with something pretty basic, like learning how to maneuver inside the International Space Station. After getting the hang of the basics, you will need to learn how to find your way around the ISS – with the corridors looking the same; it will be hard to learn where to go.
Now, after you’ve learned how to reach the station’s various rooms, you will meet a friendly human face, by the name of Naomi. She will be your instructor from now on, telling you where to go and what to do.
And now comes the ‘fun’ part – for your first task, Naomi will ask you to retrieve a certain laptop from the space station. That doesn’t sound too hard, but keep in mind that there are dozens of laptops on the stations, and you’ll need to find the right on.
So, after scavenging for the Holy Laptop, Naomi will begin to teach all about producing vegetables in space. Now, to progress, you will need to use various machines and tools to produce stuff like lettuce, radish, peppers, and tomatoes.
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