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2009-03-18 11:37:32 AM
gregbardsley.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-03-18 11:52:17 AM
The Slush: Anyone else see "batstronaut" in the headline and think Lisa Nowak (crazy diaper-wearing astronaut lady) killed herself?

Yes
 
2009-03-18 11:57:14 AM
PC LOAD LETTER

He would have possibly survived, but then fried to a crisp by the rocket exhaust.

Even moreso than broiled buzzard.

home.earthlink.net
 
2009-03-18 12:03:40 PM
i20.photobucket.com
 
2009-03-18 12:04:26 PM
home.earthlink.net

The shock waves visible in the main engine plumes are neat.

/used to rescue confused bats from his apt building hallway, 100% success rate
 
2009-03-18 12:06:36 PM
The bat exodus has begun. All eyes are on the dolphins.

/ just submitted this as a headline 2 minutes ago, before realizing this story had already been posted
// bat's hardcore
 
2009-03-18 12:15:21 PM
When I read the title of TFA, I thought it was about the first Vietnamese astronaut, Bat Hung.
 
2009-03-18 12:17:19 PM
It's a good thing he can breathe in space.
 
2009-03-18 12:28:09 PM
Smashing resemblance, This Is Not A Test.
 
2009-03-18 12:30:38 PM
robmilmel: JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?

Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for the first mile or two...........


my google-fu sucks this morning..
Could not find a pic of the Cop and Clark holding the leash..
But man - that got a good laugh.
 
2009-03-18 12:43:57 PM
Fly Famous (Batstronaut)
Fly..........
Fly Famous (Bastronaut)
Fly..........


/got a whole lot of nothin
//willing to share
 
2009-03-18 12:54:31 PM
No Klingon jokes?
 
2009-03-18 12:54:38 PM
Thats nothing.

Was driving up along the Kalamath river a few years back, and we hit two bats in 30 min of driving. Both were stuck to the grill of the car when we got to our campsite.

Good times.
 
2009-03-18 01:16:53 PM
If were going to throw a bit of old school (OLD) at this then NASA needs to paint a Bat on the sides of that shuttle, as a totem.

No sense pissing off the spirits.

/hope the lil guy froze to the side and got carried into orbit.
 
2009-03-18 01:26:07 PM
Bats? On my space shuttle?
 
2009-03-18 01:43:29 PM
OtherLittleGuy: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."

/obligatory


Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Followed a few moments later by:

'I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I - '
 
2009-03-18 02:14:39 PM
I heard he's been officially named Brian

Rest in Peas Brian

This is Ground Control to Brian Bat
You've really chosen bad
And the websites want to know just why you're there
Now it's time to leave the fuel tank if you dare

This is Brian Bat to Ground Control
I'm getting ready to soar
And I'm flying in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I gripping insulation
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do...

http://www.astroengine.com/?p=4232
 
2009-03-18 02:18:27 PM
Sad, but ultimately for the greater good, as bats slowly evolve an instinctive fear of their new natural enemy, space shuttles.
 
2009-03-18 02:22:00 PM
mookiedood: The bat exodus has begun. All eyes are on the dolphins.

/ just submitted this as a headline 2 minutes ago, before realizing this story had already been posted
// bat's hardcore


I liked your headline better.
 
2009-03-18 02:24:57 PM
I'm just glad that the little guy didn't peel off, smack against the shuttle wing and tear a bat-shaped hole in the leading edge.
 
2009-03-18 02:28:36 PM
Pfft. He'll be fine.
tvtropes.org
 
2009-03-18 02:30:25 PM
Well, that didn't work properly. Let's try it again.
i3.photobucket.com
 
2009-03-18 02:48:28 PM
Brings to mind the addage

The Eagle bat may soar, but the weasel never gets sucked into a jet engine he gets toasty after liftoff.

/A cat? No, a bat!

//What a silly bunt
 
2009-03-18 02:53:22 PM
orclover: /hope the lil guy froze to the side and got carried into orbit.

The bat was clinging to the external tank, which is jettisoned into the ocean after it runs out of fuel. So the best-case scenario is a free-fall into the ocean, at the terminal velocity of the external tank (which I'm sure is a lot higher than a bat's terminal velocity).
 
2009-03-18 03:04:36 PM
Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go throught that poor lil guy's mind was?
 
2009-03-18 03:08:24 PM
KingKauff: Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go throught that poor lil guy's mind was?

It's ass?
 
2009-03-18 03:11:12 PM
KingKauff: Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go through that poor lil guy's mind was?

A piece of foam?

A red hot blast of rocket flame?
 
2009-03-18 03:57:54 PM
anfrind: orclover: /hope the lil guy froze to the side and got carried into orbit.

The bat was clinging to the external tank, which is jettisoned into the ocean after it runs out of fuel. So the best-case scenario is a free-fall into the ocean, at the terminal velocity of the external tank (which I'm sure is a lot higher than a bat's terminal velocity).


You're thinking of the SRBs. The external fuel tank is actually released once the orbiter breaks the atmosphere and then burns up upon reentry. That's double plus bad news for the batstronaut.
 
2009-03-18 04:02:08 PM
www.terry-1.com

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
 
2009-03-18 04:19:03 PM
ElPresidente: He probably hung on until the aerodynamic forces grew too strong and he was blown off (so to speak), which would have been relatively soon after launch, considering how fast that thing accelerates. It's possible he survived, but bloody unlikely.

If he fell of in the first two minutes after launch, he got SRB-roasted.
 
2009-03-18 04:31:33 PM
We can't stop here! This is astronaut territory!
 
2009-03-18 04:43:13 PM
What a Bastronaut may look like.

img.ffffound.com

/link as hot as a Free-Tailed Chiroptera on a Shuttle fuel tank
 
2009-03-18 05:15:11 PM
KingKauff: Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go throught that poor lil guy's mind was?

Considering the G forces involved, the last thing to go through his mind was probably his ass.
 
2009-03-18 05:21:40 PM
KingKauff: Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go throught that poor lil guy's mind was?

He wondered how Andy Dufresne got the best of him?
 
2009-03-18 06:02:30 PM
img19.imageshack.us
More recent photo.

/not a bird? suck it. close enough.
 
2009-03-18 06:44:14 PM
img18.imageshack.us
 
2009-03-18 06:59:15 PM
 
2009-03-18 07:06:58 PM
Embden.Meyerhof: We can't stop here! This is astronaut territory!

Win.
 
2009-03-18 07:29:58 PM
anonymous6494: Approves of Bats in space.

There
you go! Good job.
 
2009-03-18 08:01:28 PM
Bathia_Mapes: robmilmel: JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?

Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for the first mile or two...........

Heh! First thing I thought of too.


I did a Google search to find the joke. First result was this thread... Still confused.
 
2009-03-18 08:27:12 PM
Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his frail mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream-a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.

Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.



stolen from here:Link (new window)
 
2009-03-18 08:38:08 PM
Here's an excellent quote from the Space.com article:

"In the hours before Discovery's liftoff, NASA's Final Inspection Team (called the "ICE team") investigated whether the creature would pose a risk to the shuttle if its body impacted the orbiter's sensitive heat shield tiling. Ultimately, NASA officials signed a waiver confirming that the bat was safe to fly with.

"The bat eventually became 'Interim Problem Report 119V-0080' after the ICE team finished their walkdown," the memo said. "Systems Engineering and Integration performed a debris analysis on him and ultimately a Launch Commit Criteria waiver to ICE-01 was written to accept the stowaway.""

When a NASA engineer has to do a debris analysis on you, it's over for sure. The sound wave caused by main engine ignition probably turned him into bat-colored paint.
 
2009-03-18 08:41:16 PM
Harry Lime: Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his frail mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream-a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.

Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.



stolen from here:Link (new window)


Makes me think of this awesome animated short: Kiwi

/Warning: May cause some strange leakage in the eye area.
 
2009-03-18 09:32:35 PM
ElPresidente: I've done it a few times with bugs on my windscreen that refuse to get off. Increase the speed gradually to see if they can hang on. Best bug hit 80 mph until I got bored and hit him with the windscreen washer and wiper.

/small things please small minds


Try hitting a bug and driving through almost every condition known to man at speeds between 35-80 MPH and a thousand miles later, the damn thing is STILL there!
 
2009-03-18 10:19:32 PM
WFern: Bathia_Mapes: robmilmel: JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?

Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for the first mile or two...........

Heh! First thing I thought of too.

I did a Google search to find the joke. First result was this thread... Still confused.


Never seen National Lampoon's Vacation?
 
2009-03-18 10:19:57 PM
So will 'bat relocator' be added to that bullshiat list of NASA inventions?
 
2009-03-18 10:24:46 PM
RemyDuron, thanks for the Kiwi link, and a little sad now.

FLY! Batstronaut! FLY!
 
2009-03-18 10:36:05 PM
If he wanted to be a moonbat, he could have just gone to Daily Kos.

/ba-dump
 
2009-03-18 10:49:41 PM
www.rocketmania.com
 
2009-03-18 10:54:22 PM
Man, he must be saying "what a view"
 
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