Weekly Article: In Remembrance of Space Bat

In Remembrance of Space Bat

By: Raquel Zuniga

This blog is in remembrance of Space Bat, a bat who became a legend and a meme about nine years ago. 

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For those of you who don’t know, an injured free-tailed bat was clinging onto the foam insulation of Space Shuttle Discovery’s external propellant tank before its takeoff on March 15, 2009. NASA’s final inspection team of the rocket assumed that the bat would fly off once the shuttle started to launch, but alas Space Bat held on for as long as it could.

“A bat that apparently had trouble flying instead tried to hitch a ride on the space shuttle Discovery,” NASA officials said. NASA had a wildlife expert examine the images of Space Bat and came to the conclusion that the bat most likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist. NASA admitted that the bat probably died quickly during the climb to orbit.

With the advantage of social media and all things technology advanced, this bat is living through the Internet as a meme known as “Space Bat.” Here are some examples of this meme from www.knowyourmeme.com

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All bats die but not all bats live. Rest in power Space Bat. 

Read NASA’s press release of this incident at: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts119/launchbat.html