When you think about space exploration you assume our astronauts are on the cutting edge of technology right? Turns out this is only partially true, and modern space explorers have a number of challenges to deal with that have been solved here on earth. During an uncensored question and answer period in Edmonton, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield admitted to a young onlooker that the Internet in space is too slow for gaming, but that he finds plenty of other ways to fill his time.
“The spacecraft travels at eight kilometers per second, the speed of the station's Internet connection is about the same as dial-up.”
Asking if astronauts play online games in space no doubt had the parents chuckling in a somewhat embarrassed fashion, but the fact that our modern space fleet has to make do with so little bandwidth is certainly an interesting bit of trivia. I wonder if the NASA marking team calls it 4G and caps them at 5GB?