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Stowaway on Discovery.

by JP Bill / March 18, 2009 5:03 AM PDT
Bat blasts off as space stowaway

THE shuttle Discovery was carrying a stowaway on its launch into orbit ? Brian the bat.

Pics released by NASA show the tiny creature clinging for dear life on to the huge external fuel tank as the spacecraft lifted off from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.

Officials at mission control hoped it would fly to safety as the shuttle?s rockets fired on launch pad 39A.

But instead Brian ? a free-tailed bat given his name by worried fans chatting on social networking site Twitter ? decided to dig in and hold tight for the journey.
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Doesn't that external fuel tank
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 18, 2009 9:09 AM PDT
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burn up on re-entry? Devil


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Bat was thought to be injured
by Steven Haninger / March 18, 2009 9:38 AM PDT

Kevorkian is no longer in the business so the poor creature had to go it alone.

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yes and its sad
by mementh / March 18, 2009 11:37 AM PDT

Your right it does, but its sad that he was already hurting/in pain and could not let go.

They belive he did not survive the ascent.
Sadly the likeliness he would have survived anyways I would assume to be very low (having broken bones reduces your chance of survival in animals in the wild)

But Nasa Does what it can to prevent them from being around when it does happen

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