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2009-03-18 03:42:06 AM  
How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?
 
2009-03-18 04:00:19 AM  

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...........
 
2009-03-18 04:01:48 AM  

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...........


Bwaaaaaahahaha!
 
2009-03-18 04:53:41 AM  
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.

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
 
2009-03-18 05:16:06 AM  

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


I did that with my wife once.
 
2009-03-18 05:27:16 AM  

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.
 
2009-03-18 05:45:57 AM  
"Batstronaut slips the surly bonds of earth life"

Fixed.
 
2009-03-18 06:33:39 AM  

JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?


I guess the last remains of white ashes blew away about 50 feet later.

There's some serious heat happening directly underneath his ass.
 
2009-03-18 06:33:46 AM  
img1.picturewizard.com
 
2009-03-18 06:34:16 AM  
Obviously didn't have wings like a shield of steel.
 
2009-03-18 06:41:15 AM  
And no one thought to use a ladder because...
 
2009-03-18 07:01:11 AM  

jondiced: And no one thought to use a ladder because...


Well it's NASA. A ladder during launch procedures would cost millions.

Besides, it's a fruit bat. They aren't exactly an endangered species. I think I killed one a couple years ago by accident when he flew into my head.

Bats are cool but not always very bright.
 
2009-03-18 07:01:36 AM  
He had to find some way of getting back to the JLA satellite
 
2009-03-18 07:04:51 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Obviously didn't have wings like a shield of steel.


Never expected to read a Batfink reference. Anywhere. Ever.
 
2009-03-18 07:09:07 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Obviously didn't have wings like a shield of steel.


Hugo A-Go-Go will never disturb him again.

RIP, little dude.
 
2009-03-18 07:23:06 AM  
YEEEEE HAWWWWW!!!
 
2009-03-18 07:36:56 AM  
Great. Now we'll probably have a bunch of PETA protestors at the gate when I show up for work today.
 
2009-03-18 08:20:05 AM  
"I'm a bat. I can breathe in space"
 
2009-03-18 08:26:41 AM  

Mayhem_2006: "I'm a bat. I can breathe in space"


..."Suck my Diiiick, I can breathe in space."
 
2009-03-18 08:56:19 AM  
"I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."

/obligatory
 
2009-03-18 09:10:47 AM  
One small flight for a bat,

a giant leap forward for batkind.
 
2009-03-18 09:16:54 AM  
Batman gonna' be pissed!
 
2009-03-18 09:17:40 AM  
I bet it doesn't have enough guts to do that again.
 
2009-03-18 09:28:09 AM  
Icarus, that you?
 
2009-03-18 09:34:15 AM  
This is good tidings, ike when the Vikings would launch a longboat over a slave.
 
2009-03-18 09:36:10 AM  

JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?


I'd bet it was off within the 1st 10 seconds.
 
2009-03-18 09:36:29 AM  
nananananananana BATSTRONAUT!
 
2009-03-18 09:44:44 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."

/obligatory


He died immediately after saying that.
 
2009-03-18 09:45:12 AM  
Now its time for another exiting episode of:

BAAAAAAAAAATS IIIIIIIIIIIIIN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!
 
2009-03-18 09:50:30 AM  

kyleaugustus: OtherLittleGuy: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."

/obligatory

He died immediately after saying that.


Were there reavers shooting at the shuttle?
 
2009-03-18 09:59:07 AM  

Fail in Human Form: kyleaugustus: OtherLittleGuy: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."

/obligatory

He died immediately after saying that.

Were there reavers shooting at the shuttle?


The crippled bat body on the shuttle disguised the vessel. They passed safely through reaver space.
 
2009-03-18 10:03:31 AM  
Article says a bat expert figured it had a broken wing, so the bat was likely on its way out anyway.

Frankly, if I was going to die anyway, spending my final minutes clinging to a launching space shuttle would be a pretty damn great way to go.
 
2009-03-18 10:04:29 AM  
Anyone else see "batstronaut" in the headline and think Lisa Nowak (crazy diaper-wearing astronaut lady) killed herself?
 
2009-03-18 10:08:22 AM  

Lord Brixton: He had to find some way of getting back to the JLA satellite


beehivehairdresser.com

"The Chiropteran community is not amused by your shenanigans."

/Came for for Batman riffs, leaving satisfied in a puff of smoke and a swirl of cape.
 
2009-03-18 10:08:28 AM  

The Slush: Anyone else see "batstronaut" in the headline and think Lisa Nowak (crazy diaper-wearing astronaut lady) killed herself?


Yup
 
2009-03-18 10:14:33 AM  

The Slush: Anyone else see "batstronaut" in the headline and think Lisa Nowak (crazy diaper-wearing astronaut lady) killed herself?


That is exactly what I thought when I saw the thread...
 
2009-03-18 10:23:27 AM  
"Batstronaut" has officially replaced "Octomom" as my favorite fark neologism (farkologism?)
 
2009-03-18 10:30:19 AM  

Sgt. Pepper: "Batstronaut" has officially replaced "Octomom" as my favorite fark neologism (farkologism?)


Farkmanteau.
 
2009-03-18 10:49:44 AM  
Ground Control to Major Bat
Commencing countdown, engines on
Check ignition and may God's love be with you....
 
2009-03-18 10:50:50 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."


*SNORT*
 
2009-03-18 10:55:20 AM  
not seen in pic: the thick trail of guano streaming down the side of the booster at liftoff.

img25.imageshack.us
 
2009-03-18 10:59:06 AM  
He's the goddamn bat, man.

/boo
//hiss
 
2009-03-18 11:02:50 AM  
A CNN article on the same topic ended with "no word if the bat was still attached when the shuttle reached the space station." Reportertard doesn't know that the fuel tank is jettisoned in flight, it seems.

/submitted with better headline
 
2009-03-18 11:09:08 AM  
What are these Goddamn animals?!

We can't lift-off here, this is Bat Country!

NASA...poor bastards. They'll see the animals soon enough.

/Aaaand I'm spent.
 
2009-03-18 11:11:04 AM  

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.

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


He would have possibly survived, but then fried to a crisp by the rocket exhaust.
 
2009-03-18 11:13:51 AM  
pbskids.org

Impressed.

/hot as the Foolish Magistrate's daughters
 
2009-03-18 11:16:39 AM  
Another life lost in our vain attempts at manned spaceflight.

/Actually thinks manned spaceflight is cool and useful.
 
2009-03-18 11:20:54 AM  

jondiced: And no one thought to use a ladder because...


A ladder against the *FOAM* insulation??? A ladder a few hundred feet long? That's a scrubbed launch!!

Furthermore, you don't play around with the rocket once it's been fueled!
 
2009-03-18 11:28:11 AM  
www.giftsandfreeadvice.com
 
2009-03-18 11:33:58 AM  

Aboleth: Archie Goodwin: Obviously didn't have wings like a shield of steel.

Hugo A-Go-Go will never disturb him again.

RIP, little dude.


And here I thought nobody remembered that cartoon.
 
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"
 
2009-03-18 11:30:21 PM  
...But on that glorious day in March 2009, Fruit Bat went higher, farther, and faster than any other Chiroptera - 35 miles into the sky; he was the last Chiroptera ever to go into space alone. And for a brief moment, Fruit Bat became the greatest bat anyone had ever seen.
 
2009-03-19 12:25:40 AM  

akula: National Lampoon's Vacation


Now that was a reference.

Is it on Youtube...of course it is.
Clark Griswold farks up...
 
2009-03-19 01:20:07 AM  
Godspeed, Brian Molossidae.
 
2009-03-19 02:50:30 PM  
Die, Fledermaus! Die!

/ Sad, a little, actually
// Bats are cute.
/// Even the ugly ones
 
2009-03-19 05:31:13 PM  

Batman in the Operating Room: ...But on that glorious day in March 2009, Fruit Bat went higher, farther, and faster than any other Chiroptera - 35 miles into the sky; he was the last Chiroptera ever to go into space alone. And for a brief moment, Fruit Bat became the greatest bat anyone had ever seen.


His name was Eric. Eric the Fruit Bat.
 
2009-03-20 02:34:38 AM  
Poor little thing. It would be cool if they would paint a bat on the side as a totem, kind of commemorate it.
/Tenderhearted, what can I say...
 
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