Cosmonaut GAME BOY

At the recent Bonham’s Space History Sale, a special original GAME BOY went up for auction fetching $1220 USD. Why was it special? Because it spent time on the Russian space station Mir. This lot (the GAME BOY, TETRIS cartridge, TETRIS booklet, and signed note) flew on Soyuz TM-17 to the Mir space station with cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov in 1993. This GAME BOY spent 196 days in space and has orbited the Earth more than 3,000 times. Also if you look closely, you can see the faded Mir postmark on the center of the GAME BOY.

For those that don’t know, TETRIS was originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union and became a popular pastime for a cosmonaut. When he wasn’t playing with his GAME BOY, cosmonaut Serebrov made several spacewalks, and was the first Russian to fly a rocket-backpack in open space.

Other items in the sale include models, documents, patches, and pictures used by the American and Russian space programs.

Source: Bonham’s Space History Sale, Sale 19144, Lot 250


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  • Aivatrix

    I have always loved tetris. Its amazing how simple yet addictive the formula is. If I had enough money I would try to buy it it would be great to own a tetris that has been in space πŸ™‚

  • Matt

    They should have called this version The Space Boy, lol.

  • Ashmic

    This proves astronauts are Boss-sauce

  • Everything is exponentially cooler if it's been to space. B)

  • Hylian99


    • mcdude910

      If tat was in fact a Portal 2 reference, then good for you, sir.

  • TectonicImprov

    Game boys.


  • lifesavers2

    Well, I have 3 Game Boys. I don't need another…
    I also have 3 copies of Pokemon Crystal, which makes it really hard to find which one my main save is on. I've also realized it is really easy to mod a Game Boy, being the fat clunkers they are. Before I made myself a GBA that looked like a original Game Boy, and now I'm working on a Game Boy Cell Phone. The case decides to disrupt the signal, though…

  • Big deal. In the end, it's just another GameBoy. I can get a copy of the same thing for two dollars down the street.

  • KingOfHeart

    Next time take Super Mario Galaxy(2) in space. πŸ˜›

    • GorCoronSumo

      Super Mario Galaxy 2 is in space!
      You mean the game disc.

  • Okami

    Dad, I’m in space!
    I’m proud of you son.
    Dad, are you in space?
    Yes, now we are a family again.

  • falconfetus8

    My Gameboy was in space, too! I don't have proof, but you can buy it off me for $5000 if you want.

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