NASA has launched its first multi-player online game with its Space race Blast Off being launched on Monday on Facebook.

Space race tests the player's knowledge of the space programme with multiple-choice questions and the player gets three choices. The player can either compete with his or her friends or go solo.

The game is played by answering questions as quickly as possible. The player will get random questions from science, spacecraft, astronauts, math, pop culture, chemistry and the solar system. The player will get only 15 seconds to answer each question.

The player gets to choose an avatar from 14 avatars; the avatars can be edited and changed anytime. Once the player enters the gaming mode, the player has to answer 10 questions in all and each correct answer will fetch 100 points; the player who responds very quickly will get bonus points. The player who gets the highest score at the end with a minimum 7 answers, will go to the bonus round, where he will get some cool virtual badges.

In the bonus round, the player is asked to spin a wheel to get to the final bonus question.

Space race Blast Off has been created by Scott Hanger, Todd Powell and Jamie Noguchi of NASA's Internet Services Group in the Office of Communications.

"We're hoping Space Race Blastoff opens up NASA's history and research to a wide new audience of people accustomed to using social media," says David Weaver, NASA's associate administrator for communications. "We're really excited to see what the interest will be," he said.