View Full Version : The Discovery Bat's Fate is Confirmed

2009-Mar-18, 03:50 AM
On Sunday, Space Shuttle Discovery lit up the Florida evening skies, cutting through a magnificent sunset. The STS-119 mission is set to assemble the final stages of the International Space Station's solar array, making the outpost the second brightest object in the night sky (after the Moon). Today, Discovery successfully docked with the space station [...]

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2009-Mar-18, 01:18 PM
R.I.P Brian aka "The shuttle fruit bat." You went out like a champ.

2009-Mar-18, 01:21 PM
\Muppet Show announcer mode\

2009-Mar-18, 01:27 PM

However, NASA goes through great effort to ensure there is minimal impact on birds and other animals during launches, and NASA can't be blamed for the death of this one bat.

True. Sirens are used to scare off animals/birds prior to launch.

. When the images were examined by a wildlife specialist, the conclusion was the bat may have had a broken wing, forcing him to hold on tight.

Yep. :(

2009-Mar-18, 09:55 PM
I hope this doesn't become one of those things like the tool bag... you know, the one small, random thing that becomes all the public hears of the mission.