I got a little bit carried away with 1960’s Batman lines in the article title here. This flying furry rodent decided to cling to the fuel tank during the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery during the launch on Sunday, March 15. The fate of the bat during lift-off is a mystery because the NASA umbilical camera that takes pictures of the external tank was broken after the separation.
The bat may have flown away or might have gotten fried. Regardless, the “Space Bat” has gotten all the attention it needs, even getting its own website: space-bat.com. Below is a video tribute that RavenCK uploaded on YouTube.