June 19, 2021: What handheld video game console was the first to be played in space?

Answer: In 1993, Soviet cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov played Tetris on his Nintendo Game Boy while in space on the TM-17 space mission. “This Game Boy spent 196 days in space and has orbited the Earth more than 3,000 times.” It was auctioned off and sold for $1,220. (Bonhams)

Learn more about the history and cultural importance of the Game Boy:

  1. Smithsonian Magazine
  2. National Museum of American History
  3. What is Nintendo by Gina Shaw

For those who are fans of video games, join the Westbrook Public Library as we celebrate National Video Game Day on Thursday, July 8th from 7-9 pm. Play favorite video games in virtual reality on the VR Game Truck of New England and using the Library’s new Nintendo Switch on the 20′ inflatable movie screen. This event is intended for people in 5th grade and up.
Registration is required. To register, call (860) 399-6422 or register here.
Funded by the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library.

Congratulations to Madigan K. for correctly answering last week’s Tech Trivia question!