Video: Angry Birds Space teased with NASA tie in

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Angry Birds has turned out to be one of the most popular titles in the history of video games.

From what I understand, some enthusiasts have even gone so far as to condition their smartphone purchases on high Angry Bird benchmark specs - something which honestly wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.
 

The latest version of Angry Birds - available for download on March 22 - is known as Angry Birds Space.
Interestingly enough, NASA and Rovio have agreed to use the game as a platform to teach players about physics and space exploration. 

Indeed, game devs have incorporated various space-related concepts, including the effects of weightlessness and gravity wells of planets, which essentially forces gamers to leverage real-life physics as they seek to defeat the pigs across various levels.

"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," explained NASA rep David Weaver.

"Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA's missions of exploration and discovery, and get students energized about future careers in science and technology."