Students virtually join NASA’s Artemis team in new Minecraft Artemis Missions platforms

Kids worldwide unleash their creativity every day as they build and explore their own blocky worlds within the Minecraft universe. Now, they can build and launch a rocket and blast off on an adventure to the Moon through a new Artemis-inspired set of worlds, developed through a partnership between Minecraft Education and NASA.

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Just like the real NASA Artemis team, gamers in these new Minecraft worlds can build and launch a rocket, guide their Orion spacecraft and establish a lunar base alongside their team.

The Artemis I mission launched in late 2022 and marked the first integrated flight test of the NASA’s mega Moon rocket, the Space Launch System, and the uncrewed Orion spacecraft. During its three-week flight, Orion demonstrated its capabilities in deep space and performed two lunar fly-bys, setting the stage for increasingly complex and ambitious missions with astronauts.

Minecraft Artemis Missions was developed to engage students ages 8 and up in NASA’s next chapter in human spaceflight and encourage future astronauts or scientists. The collaboration is part of an existing partnership between NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement and Microsoft, which owns Minecraft. Minecraft Education is a game-based learning platform set in the Minecraft universe.

“NASA strives to reach the broadest audience and inspire the Artemis generation to prepare them for the missions of tomorrow,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson. “Through our partnership with Microsoft, this new frontier in Minecraft reflects NASA’s priority of pushing the boundaries of exploration on the Moon, Mars and beyond!”

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Minecraft has built two new immersive worlds based on the real-world Artemis missions to come, in which astronaut crews, including the first woman and first person of color, will establish a long-term human presence on the Moon. Students will learn basic rocket engineering and mechanics as they build and launch their rocket in Minecraft’s “Artemis: Rocket Build” mission.

In the next mission, “Return to the Moon,” they’ll test their coding skills as they program the Orion spacecraft to successfully land on the Moon.

“Artemis: Rocket Build” is available for free on both the Minecraft Marketplace and in Minecraft Education, while “Artemis: Return to the Moon” and “Artemis: Moon Base” are exclusive to Minecraft Education.

For more information, visit NASA’s website.