You have until May 27 to enter.
It’s safe to say NASA is pumped up for SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon launch. After all, the planned May 27 liftoff will mark the first time American astronauts will launch to the International Space Station from U.S. soil on an American spacecraft since 2011.
To mark that event, NASA and Private Division — folks behind the upcoming space game “Kerbal Space Program 2” — are looking for gamers with the right stuff. The challenge: Recreate the SpaceX mission in the original “Kerbal Space Program.”
According to our friends at PC Gamer, Private Division threw down the first gauntlet on Twitter.
“Kerbonauts, we have a mission for you!,” the game publisher wrote. “We challenge you to simulate the mission and share your footage by May 25 using #LaunchAmerica. We’ll show NASA the best ones to see what they think!”
Then NASA joined the challenge.
“We love a good challenge,” NASA wrote on Twitter. “Kerbonauts, show us your skills!”
Kerbonauts, we have a mission for you! On May 27, @SpaceX and @NASA are launching astronauts to the @Space_Station from U.S. soil! We challenge you to simulate the mission and share your footage by May 25 using #LaunchAmerica. We’ll show NASA the best ones to see what they think! pic.twitter.com/BrfwabqcMR
— Kerbal Space Program (@KerbalSpaceP) May 15, 2020
As Private Division stated above, the deadline to enter is May 25 and players should use the hashtag #LaunchAmerica to submit their entries. Details of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission are available on NASA’s mission page here.
NASA is also running a STEM contest of its own for the Demo-2 mission. The agency’s “Ride to Station Challenge” calls on kids to build a virtual version of the mission using the agency’s Rocket Science: Ride to Station App.
To enter, kids need to start a mission by completing the Ride to Station app (where they’ll select a crew, build a rocket and launch), then visit NASA’s Crew Orbital Docking Simulation to create a space capsule docking game. Finally, kids can share a screenshot of the CODing Sim on social media with the hashtag #LaunchAmerica to enter.
The deadline for NASA’s “Ride to the Station Challenge” is May 19, with a winner to be selected on May 20. For more details on the challenge, visit NASA’s website here.