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ralph
2009-Mar-16, 11:09 PM
--or rather, the bat that was on the Discovery shuttle just before the launch.

Did anyone find a picture of the fruit bat that was hanging on the shuttle just before the launch?

...or have evidence of what happened to it?

Ralph

nauthiz
2009-Mar-16, 11:25 PM
There's a picture of it here: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20090316/twl-space-shuttle-discovery-finds-stowaw-3fd0ae9.html

All the news report's I've seen say that it's fate is unknown. If it didn't fly away beforehand, it was likely killed during launch.

Jens
2009-Mar-17, 01:32 AM
But somewhere I read that the temperature of the external tank would gradually fall to a level that would be uncomfortable for the bat. So it likely flew away before the launch.

NEOWatcher
2009-Mar-18, 03:07 PM
Better picture of the bat on CNN now (http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/03/18/bat.shuttle/index.html) with a little bit of bad reporting.


NASA officials had hoped the bat would fly away on its own, but admitted the bat probably died quickly during Discovery's climb into orbit.
then


It was unclear whether its stowaway was still clinging to the shuttle.

It's unclear whether the reporter knows the fate of the external tank, or know that the tank doesn't become part of the orbiter.

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-18, 08:00 PM
Poor bat!

Fazor
2009-Mar-18, 08:18 PM
It's unclear whether the reporter knows the fate of the external tank, or know that the tank doesn't become part of the orbiter.

Lol. I disagree; I think it's pretty clear that he/she does not.

mahesh
2009-Mar-18, 08:25 PM
Poor Bat, indeed Disinfo....! We ought to name it! BAUTbat! (think geonuc may have done already!)
no, not slang's tempura!

Probably got very confused, thinking it was sunrise, in that noisy neighbourhood.
All the more reason for it to try sleep!

Jens
2009-Mar-19, 04:22 AM
I think they should have scrapped the launch, but obviously nobody was willing to go to bat for the poor creature.

Damburger
2009-Mar-19, 10:59 AM
I'm assuming that, if not killed moments after launched - the bat would certainly have been deafened which for a wild bat is as good as dead.

Seeing as bats navigate using ultrasound, couldn't some kind of ultrasound emitter work to ward the bats away from a launch? I've actually but some thought into this topic before, as I read somewhere that wind turbines tend to attract bats who get killed when they fly into the blades.

slang
2009-Mar-19, 11:11 AM
no, not slang's tempura!

What can I say.. perhaps I shouldn't post when hungry. :)

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-19, 02:19 PM
UT Story: "The Discovery Bat's Fate is Confirmed." (http://www.bautforum.com/universe-today-story-comments/86021-discovery-bats-fate-confirmed.html)

Argos
2009-Mar-19, 02:27 PM
R.I.P, Brian. YouŽll be remembered.

Larry Jacks
2009-Mar-19, 04:57 PM
That had to be the bat equivalent of Slim Pickens riding the H-bomb in "Dr. Strangelove."

Swift
2009-Mar-19, 05:07 PM
That had to be the bat equivalent of Slim Pickens riding the H-bomb in "Dr. Strangelove."
:lol:

Ye-ha! (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/73/Slim-pickens_riding-the-bomb_enh-lores.jpg)

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-23, 05:07 PM
Was Brian the Discovery Bat Just a Diversion by NASA?
(http://www.universetoday.com/2009/03/19/was-brian-the-discovery-bat-just-a-diversion-by-nasa/)
Silly, silly, silly. :p

ravens_cry
2009-Mar-24, 01:55 AM
One of Brians ancestors did a similar feat, but escaped just in time.
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/3213/briansancester.jpg (http://img208.imageshack.us/my.php?image=briansancester.jpg)