Tonight at 7:14 p.m. ET officials at NASA will insert an inflation adjusted three quarters into their specially designed gaming console and attempt to play the popular 80’s video game Asteroids at scale.
Guiding their DART spacecraft perilously through a field of randomly moving asteroids, NASA officials will specifically target the Dimorphos asteroid moonlet. NASA officials expect a number of engineers to take turns guiding the spacecraft to its target.
This is believed to be NASA’s first attempt to recreate video games at scale. In 2006, NASA made plans to develop a live action video game after detecting columns of space invaders slowly advancing towards earth. However, the strange space creatures mysteriously disbanded before NASA had a chance to zap them.
If the mission is successful, NASA plans to deploy the technology to repel space objects that have the potential to collide with earth.
The private sector also appears to be getting in on the action. According to reports, Elon Musk’s Boring Company is currently in the process of developing a large, yellow, disembodied mouth capable of munching and swallowing nearly everything in its path. However, the mouth seems particularly vulnerable to ghostly apparitions. Boring Company engineers are currently working on developing a power pellet capable of rendering the ghosts vulnerable to the large, disembodied snapper.