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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 20 01:11 AM

Mar 20, 2009: Bat-ronaut

You may have seen this picture of a Mexican Free Tailed Bat, that hiched a ride on the Space Shuttle's last shot.

Quote:
In the hours before Discovery's liftoff, NASA's Final Inspection Team (called the "ICE team") investigated whether the creature would pose a risk to the shuttle if its body impacted the orbiter's sensitive heat shield tiling. Ultimately, NASA officials signed a waiver confirming that the bat was safe to fly with.

"The bat eventually became 'Interim Problem Report 119V-0080' after the ICE team finished their walkdown," the memo said. "Systems Engineering and Integration performed a debris analysis on him and ultimately a Launch Commit Criteria waiver to ICE-01 was written to accept the stowaway."


It seems the bat was hurt, and probably couldn't, or was afraid to, leave it's perch.
Quote:
"Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist," NASA officials said Tuesday. "The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery's climb into orbit."

Because the Kennedy Space Center is also home to Florida's Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, NASA's launch pads are equipped with several countermeasures, including warning sirens, to ward off birds and other wildlife. NASA also relies on radar to make sure large flocks of birds won't be struck by the shuttle during liftoff.
Gizmodo wrote;
Quote:
Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his frail mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream—a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.
Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.


But he may be back.



Beestie  Friday Mar 20 03:16 AM

Not yer lucky day, is it bat?



SPUCK  Friday Mar 20 05:32 AM

He went like a bat into Hell.



TheMercenary  Friday Mar 20 07:36 AM

I still say he is up there on the longest glide home and is going to show up in a few weeks at the bat cave with some awesome stories.



Trilby  Friday Mar 20 08:12 AM

well, bruce, you've finally done it. I feel sorry for a bat.



monster  Friday Mar 20 08:13 AM

Pre-BBQd, no recipes required. poor bat



Shawnee123  Friday Mar 20 08:18 AM

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today



capnhowdy  Friday Mar 20 08:28 AM

Some bats will do anything for attention.



sweetwater  Friday Mar 20 08:47 AM

I think I would buy a Spacebat tee shirt if they existed. Which they will. Soon. I bet.
...and ahem



monster  Friday Mar 20 08:51 AM

maybe we should adopt spacebat as cellar mascot? We surely have enough flaming and some batty behavior. and if what sheldon says about his rocket is true......

We could invite spacebat sponsors to hit the tip jar and receive a portion of his ashes in the mail with a certificate of authentication....



spudcon  Friday Mar 20 10:59 AM

NASA probably stuck him there with pine tar.



birdclaw  Friday Mar 20 11:04 AM

Does anyone else find it odd that the Kennedy Space Center is located in a wildlife refuge? And do you think the siren are really going to scare anything off? I mean all the animals probably have hearing issues due to take offs anyway.



Shawnee123  Friday Mar 20 11:13 AM

Sirens scare people off all the time!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 20 11:43 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
well, bruce, you've finally done it. I feel sorry for a bat.
And an undocumented Mexican bat, to boot.


monster  Friday Mar 20 12:13 PM

.



Sheldonrs  Friday Mar 20 01:13 PM

What NASA doesn't want us to know is that, due to budget cuts, the bat is now the space shuttle's new RADAR system.



capnhowdy  Saturday Mar 21 12:24 AM

Yeah. Klinger was telling me about that. Said he just couldn't stand the heat.
Now they gotta figure out who gets his stimulus check. The bat's. Klinger doesn't get one.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 21 02:52 AM




SPUCK  Saturday Mar 21 04:05 AM

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars.. THERE'S A FRIKKEN BAT HERE!!!



Sundae  Saturday Mar 21 09:50 AM

Quote:
Gizmodo wrote; Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his frail mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream—a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.
Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.
Broke my heart!


Sheldonrs  Saturday Mar 21 01:05 PM

Well, Florida IS close to Cuba. Maybe the bat escaped from Guanotanamo Bay.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 21 02:36 PM

Guanotanamo?



busterb  Saturday Mar 21 09:58 PM

Guano, batshit????????



Sheldonrs  Saturday Mar 21 10:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by busterb View Post
Guano, batshit????????

Yup. It's used for fertilizer. It's actually a billion dollar business.


capnhowdy  Sunday Mar 22 09:49 AM

Outranked only by the bullshit industry.



TheMercenary  Sunday Mar 22 09:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Well, Florida IS close to Cuba. Maybe the bat escaped from Guanotanamo Bay.



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