NASA and Minecraft want you to build and launch rockets in new Artemis missions worlds
NASA’s famous moon mission from 2022 is available in Minecraft flair.
The Artemis 1 moon mission will lift off in Minecraft via a partnership between Microsoft and NASA, allowing young makers to fly a virtual Space Launch System rocket and control the Orion spacecraft using Python coding.
“Players will learn about the key considerations that go into rocket design, propulsion, and the demands of flying into space. This will help them to understand the complex science behind rocketry,” Minecraft Education representatives wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab) Tuesday (March 7).
“By putting their problem-solving skills and creativity to the test, they’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the science behind space exploration and develop important skills, like teamwork and communication,” the post added.
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Artemis 1, a key test of the Artemis program, flew an uncrewed trio of mannequins around the moon and back during a 25-day mission in November and December 2022. Livestreams from deep space allowed people of all ages to follow along as the spacecraft beamed home images of the Earth and moon in high definition.
“This new frontier in Minecraft reflects NASA’s priority of pushing the boundaries of exploration on the moon, Mars and beyond,” agency administrator Bill Nelson said in a separate NASA statement (opens in new tab).
The target audience for the Minecraft Artemis endeavor is for students ages eight and up, NASA officials added, to “encourage them to see themselves as future astronauts or scientists.”
More details and downloads on the Minecraft Artemis adventures are available here (opens in new tab).
Elizabeth Howell is the co-author of “Why Am I Taller (opens in new tab)?” (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a book about space medicine. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace (opens in new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (opens in new tab) or Facebook (opens in new tab).