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NASA Confirms Astronauts Can’t Hunt Pokémon Aboard the International Space Station

NASA Confirms Astronauts Can’t Hunt Pokémon Aboard the International Space Station

Pokémon GO is now a certified digital phenomenon. More Americans play the game than use Tinder, and in less than a week Nintendo’s stock has jumped 25 percent — the best week for the company in over 30 years. But even with tens of millions of people playing, there are still many unanswered questions about the killer AR app (because it explains almost nothing about the game to you). Chief among them is the question of legendary pokémon like Zapdos and Mewtwo. Where are they hiding? Area 51? Chernobyl? What about space?

Unfortunately, we’re not going to answer that last question any time soon.

Earlier today, science and space reporter Miriam Kramer asked the International Space Station’s Twitter account a very important question: “Can you #PokemonGO on the International Space Station?” NASA’s account quickly responded:

Geez, our astronauts are so busy doing “science” that they can’t request billions of dollars for extraterrestrial internet access and some time to check if a Mew if floating around the Canadarm? IF MEW WAS GOING TO BE ANYWHERE IT WILL BE UP THERE, JUST WATCH THE OLD ANIME INTRO SCENE…sorry, sorry. We’re a little sunburnt and delirious with Pokémon Fever from this weekend.

Though no one can confirm there are Pokémon in space, you can still see if pocket monsters are fans of NASA. Head over to Pasadena, California and find the Jet Propulsion Laboratory grounds. There’s a gym.

https://twitter.com/arkorobotics/status/752520679338106880

What do you think? How is Niantic going to roll out legendary Pokémon, or how should they? Let us know in the comments below.

Images: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company

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