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Kerbal Space Program to Introduce NASA-Backed Asteroid-Wrangling DLC

Illustration for article titled emKerbal Space Program/em to Introduce NASA-Backed Asteroid-Wrangling DLC

Yes, soon you'll be able to do in Kerbal Space Program what NASA wants to do in real life. Of course, in this case, it won't take decades of careful research. And it will probably involve a lot more explosions.

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KSP developer Squad and NASA are collaborating on a mission-slash-content pack called Asteroid Redirect Mission, named after NASA's own real-world mission. On one hand, it will feature a new scenario, which was first hinted at by the developers back in January—you build a spaceship, get it into space, and wrangle yourself an asteroid to study. There are three stages to the mission:

  • Identify: Detect, target, distinguish and select the asteroids that you want to move
  • Redirect: Build a rocket ship and set course to intercept the moving asteroid, then position your ship to redirect the asteroid's trajectory
  • Research: Send your Kerbals on EVA (extravehicular activity) around the asteroids to conduct experiments on the object and gather valuable scientific data as it (and you) hurtle through deep space
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Of course, you need special tools to accomplish this, and they'll be included with the free DLC pack. One of the "almost a dozen" new parts is the robotic grappling device, which Squad is considering one of the game's "most versatile" parts. There will also be a new, larger fuel tank to make sure you can actually catch the asteroid you're chasing (or, alternatively, end up stranded in deep space). These will also be usable in the game's sandbox mode.

Asteroid Redirect Mission will arrive sometimes after the game's upcoming 0.24 update.

KSP To Add NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission To Game [Official Tumblr]

Questions? Comments? Contact the author of this post at andras-AT-kotaku-DOT-com.

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michaelstanford
Juice Goose

So first of all, Big thanks for the introduction to this game!! :D, Second I'm trying to find if this is strictly a DLC game or is their physical copy's as well. It's just call me old school but I'd much rather spend REAL money on a physical version of a game and have something that's tangible then just pay via some second hand "Pay Pal" type of service (No offense) I'm just one of those type sorry, but yeah I can't seem to find any information regarding if this comes in a disc version or not or if that's coming later. I would really like to know till I can find out I'm going to have fun playing the demo :)