On Space Bat

We must take a moment to salute a true hero, Space Bat.

On March 19th, a bat affixed himself to the space shuttle Discovery and took off into space.

It was, sadly, also his last flight into space.

A tribute video to a true space pioneer:

And a memorial website in tribute to Space Bat.

We salute you, Space Bat.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

2 thoughts on “On Space Bat

    1. ‘Cause it is kinda sad, Natalie. :-/

      The article talks about why the bat didn’t simply fly away when the vibrations started. The mission planners assumed it was okay and would do so, but veterinarians think he had a broken wing and was holding on for dear life.

      As for the humor, the music helps with the context. “Faith of the Heart” was the theme song for Star Trek: Enterprise, and the video montage was an homage to the opening credits for the series.

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