Astronauts Can't Play Pokemon Go in Space, NASA Says

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After dominating Earth, could Pokemon Go take over space? Not so fast.

NASA has now come forward to say that while astronauts aboard the International Space Station do have smartphones, they aren't for personal use. Also, the devices don't have internet access, so it would be impossible to play.

"Unfortunately, it is not possible for the astronauts to play," a NASA representative told The Verge. "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."

There is some kind of a NASA-Pokemon connection, however. A number of Pokemon, including Krabby and Rattata, have been spotted at The Kennedy Space Center in Houston, Texas. Additionally, it's been discovered that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is also a gym.

In other recent Pokemon Go news, a report said the free game has already pulled in $14 million from its various microtransactions. Additionally, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church has recruited Jigglypuff in wake of trolling.

For lots more on Pokemon Go, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on Pokemon Go.

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outrageous

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Gamespot, please stop with these fluff pieces about Pokemon Go. We can do without 7 articles a day.

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@Thanatos2k: You mean 700 articles a day.

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Hahaha

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"Oh,, theres a pokemon right outside, i'm just gonna step out and get a better look real qui..............................."

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Why bother with smartphones in space if they can't use the internet?

Also gps works with satellites and phone towers, right? Would that work in space? I suppose it might if they have phones up there.

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@jedicommand7: They probably have custom apps for their work. Some can be used in place of laptops and other mobile tools with the right add ons.

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Astronauts Can't Play Pokemon Go in Space, NASA Says

No shit, Sherlock.

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shame. itd be so fitting for them to catch deoxys or mewtwo or polkia or something

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Well, there's someone who felt how Brazilians feels now.

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Man, it'd be cool if they could, and if they made Deoxys only available to those in space...

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