National Geographic publishing Angry Birds book

National Geographic is to publish a book to coincide with the release of Angry Birds Space later this week.

The paperback, dubbed Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight Into The Final Frontier, is the official companion to Rovio's upcoming sequel, promising to help readers "learn all they can about planets, moons, stars, galaxies and the mysteries of the universe."

The move follows a deal which saw a Nasa astronaut run through some basic principles of physics using Angry Birds merchandise from the comfort of the International Space Station, as Rovio seeks to play up the educational and scientific aspects of its upcoming game.

Andrew Stalbow, general manager of Rovio US, said: "Science and education are very important to us, and we're very excited to have Nasa and National Geographic as launch partners on Angry Birds Space."

National Geographic's book will be published tomorrow, ahead of the release of Angry Birds Space for iOS, Android and PC this Thursday, March 22.

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