For the curiously high concentration of gamers currently wondering if Pokémon Go has reached the vacuum of space, it looks like NASA is ready to disappoint you.
A succession of Tweets have been posted to NASA inquiring if any Pokémon could be found floating above our atmosphere, or perhaps chilling aboard the International Space Station.
Can you #PokemonGO on the International Space Station?
— Miriam Kramer (@mirikramer) July 11, 2016
— Anthony Hansen (@AnthonyHansen) July 11, 2016
— Meg (@ap0stitute) July 11, 2016
Media and culture website The Verge took it upon themselves to reach out to NASA for comment, to which NASA replied:
Unfortunately, it is not possible for the astronauts to play. While there is a small number of smartphones available on the space station, the crew uses them for science activities, but not for personal use. The smartphones and other mobile devices on station (tablets) also do not have internet connectivity.
It also doesn’t help that Pokémon Go uses GPS to operate, which obviously wouldn’t work somewhere that isn’t on the planet. Alas, the rampant hunt for Pokémon won’t be spreading to space just yet, but there is likely more than enough going on down here on earth to keep the staggering amount of players occupied.
This also doesn’t mean that NASA is free from the Pokémon tidal wave:
— Kirsi Kuutti (@KirsiCootie) July 9, 2016
Rover to NASA, I’ve got a new mission now, sorry… pic.twitter.com/g5eaRRt9mJ
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) July 11, 2016
Source: The Verge