CometQuest is an educational Apple iPhone game outlining the Rosetta mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Its goal is to provide an enjoyable means to learn about the Rosetta mission through action gameplay where the player takes the role of Rosetta’s mission operator and tries to capture and record as much science data as possible. It offers a multiplechoice quiz-type learning experience in which the player is asked to answer questions about the Rosetta mission and comets in general. The answers to all the questions are included in the app’s “Learn more” section.

CometQuest would become one of few NASA educational games available on the iPhone and iPad platforms, including the first educational NASA game optimized for iPad. The app is a specialized outreach tool for the Rosetta mission, enabling NASA to disseminate information and appreciation of its value to the public in a medium otherwise unavailable.

This work was done by Nancy J. Leon, Diane K. Fisher, Alexander Novati, Artur B. Chmielewski, Austin J. Fitzpatrick, and Andrea Angrum of Caltech for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Daniel Broderick of the California Institute of Technology at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. NPO-48582


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