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NASA scientists helping create video games for free

Reported by: Mike Barz
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Updated: 5/08/2013 9:55 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- NASA is still developing a new plan for manned missions into space.   Action News has learned some NASA scientists, paid by your taxes, are keeping busy with video games. 

NASA scientists helped develop the game, Starlite, for a Canadian company.  It shows what life would be like as humans establish residency on other planets.

The company does not pay NASA or the federal government a dime for that expertise

US Representative Bill Posey, from Central Florida, thinks NASA should stay focused on real-life missions.

"NASA should be focused on space exploration more than anything else," said Congressman Posey.

Posey sits on a committee that oversees NASA.

A NASA spokesperson did not want to go on camera for our story, but tells Action News the agency cannot accept payment for the use of their scientists.   Because NASA's budget is set by Congress,  they cannot add to it.  But, that spokesperson says assisting with video games helps in other areas.  It helps NASA increase interest in STEM education. 

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.   STEM courses can help encourage young people to become the next scientists and astronauts.

NASA has helped with several space-related games in recent years, all for no charge.
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