Astronauts are apparently not going to be playing Pokemon Go in outer space. It is just not possible in conditions of zero gravity.
The entire global village is crazy about the game Pokemon Go. However, the half a dozen crew members of NASA stationed aboard the ISS are not going to be playing this game while on duty.
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The smartphone game involves hunting the planet for the rare Pokemon. The reason for this limit on playing the fun game is that the smartphones and mobile devices on board the ISS do not have Internet connectivity.
Also the applications on the ISS are only those which have a relevance to the space mission. They do not include apps for playing Pokemon Go. While astronauts as well as cosmonauts on the ISS do have the Internet within reach, it works only for laptops and not for smartphones.
Three of the astronauts left for the ISS while Pokemon Go was just catching on in the global village. This was indeed a tragedy of sorts since these poor astronauts could not play the game now that they had departed from their home planet.
"The smartphones and other mobile devices on station (tablets) do not have internet connectivity," NASA spokesman Dan Huot told Mashable. "They also only have access to apps specifically for the payloads they are intended for and do not have the ability to add apps like we do on the ground."
Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi went aboard the ISS just days after the game Pokemon Go took the world by storm. Even if the space crew were to have their smartphones with them, there would still be one big hindrance.
This is the GPS signaling that helps track where the players are on the map within the game. The space station does not employ the same tracking systems we utilize on our planet.
Even the location services are radically different from the ones we find on earth. So it is a lose-lose situation for the unfortunate souls aboard the ISS. On our home planet, things are so much easier. Game players can go find PokeBalls in order to catch the Pokemon in the context of the city limits.
Once a pokemon is within capturing distance, a struggle ensues. It just goes to show you that be it ever so humble, there is no place like home. The astronauts do not live the life of Riley aboard the ISS.
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Besides feeling homesick, they find the loneliness overbearing at times. NASA is looking forward to make arrangements for these astronauts to be able to play the Pokemon Go game in the near future while on board the ISS.