We programmed a game on Alice and Java called Orion 13. During Orion’s journey back, it runs out of supplies and must go into the Asteroid Belt and mine asteroids for resources, like oxygen and hydrogen. When you encounter an asteroid, the game tells you the composition of each one. According to the composition, you will choose which ones to mine based on your supply level. There will be a map of where your spacecraft is located, scroll bars for turning left and right, and a control for thrust.

This project is solving the Asteroid Prospector challenge.


This asteroid game educates users about resources available to us outside of planet Earth. This is an opportunity to explore and learn about the composition of asteroids and use that information to our benefit, so we are not using up Earth’s resources. Throughout the game, the player is informed about what asteroids are made of and what kinds of materials are available to use in outer space, by receiving data from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The kids will learn different procedures for extracting materials from the asteroids. For example, one of the many mining techniques is using magnetic rakes. This method is performed when asteroids are covered in loose grains; the spacecraft can gather the materials with a magnet.

Most asteroid games are about blowing things up, but not ours. In Orion 13, children will learn the good uses of asteroids. Young kids are the future, so if we get them interested in the wonders of space, they might make new discoveries that will give us a better understanding of our universe. They will learn about the different types of asteroids and how to benefit from each one. Also, people will learn about the asteroid belt and where it is located. This game will be a good way to teach kids how to do quick thinking and problem solving. If during the game, there is a warning that you are running low on fuel, you will be forced to think quickly on what to do next and how to do it in the most efficient way.

Project Information

License: GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPL-3.0)

Source Code/Project URL: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3j21oeovmifes59/ZVkAycl6tG


Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb_query.cgi#x
New NASA Mission to Help Us Learn How to Mine Asteroids - http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/new-nasa-mission-to-help-us-learn-how-to-mine-asteroids/#backtoTop
Asteroid Mining - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_mining


  • Siddhi Bhave
  • Jesse Silverberg
  • Riddhi Bhave