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Kerbal Space Program's Asteroid Redirect Mission now available

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Kerbal Space Program's Asteroid Redirect Mission, which developer Squad produced in conjunction with NASA, is now available as an update to the space agency simulation title, the studio announced today.

The mission is based on a real-life initiative, begun last year by NASA, that seeks to send a human to explore an asteroid beyond the moon by 2022. In the Asteroid Redirect Mission, players are tasked with identifying asteroids, redirecting them into orbit and exploring them in order to do research. The update brings in new rocket parts including an advanced grabbing unit, perhaps the least realistic part of the DLC; fuel tanks and a liquid rocket booster; a solid rocket booster; and a launch escape tower.

"The Asteroid Redirect Mission is going to challenge our players like never before, as it creates new situations that have never been encountered before in the game, regardless [of] if you're a new or veteran player," said Felipe Falanghe, the game's creator and lead developer, in a press release.

Mexico City-based Squad released Kerbal Space Program on Steam Early Access last March. The game, which is available on Linux, Mac and Windows PC, puts players in control of a space program run by small green creatures known as Kerbals. Check out our feature on Kerbal Space Program for more.

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