NASA has teamed with Angry Birds creators at Rovio Entertainment to build a space version of the wildly popular game.
Available March 22, Angry Birds Space will incorporate a number of human space exploration concepts such as weightlessness of space and the impact of gravity fields of planets — think curved shots at pigs and ricocheting shots off of floating space bodies.
“This collaboration began with a simple Twitter exchange about birds and pigs in space, and it has grown into a tremendous outreach and education opportunity,” said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington in a statement. “Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative.”
Aboard the International Space Station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA created a video using Angry Birds Space to explain how physics works in space, including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting a stuffed Angry Bird through the space station.