"The NASA LT Project Office is requesting information to support the development of a NASA-based STEM educational MMO. A high quality synthetic gaming environment is a vital element of NASA's educational cyberstructure. This new synthetic world would be a collaborative work and meeting space as well as a game space of a kind familiar to increasing numbers of American students. Games and challenges in the MMO would engage students in a way that is both familiar and comfortable for them. In turn, participation in the MMO would build increased student awareness of STEM fields and lead more students to pursue STEM courses of study. The MMO will foster career exploration opportunities in a much deeper way than reading alone would permit and at a fraction of the time and cost of an internship program."
Editor's note: Wow. Looks like this got a lot of attention overnight:
Nasa investigates virtual space, BBC
Information Requested for NASA-Based MMORPG, Slashdot
World of NASAcraft?, NextGeneration
NASA Planning Educational MMO, Gaming Today
NASA To Recruit Via Online Gaming, Web Pro News
Space agency seeks gaming expertise for massively multiplayer game, GameDaily