Two years and two days ago today, a Free-Tailed Chiroptera bat broke its wing near NASA’s launch facility where Space Shuttle Discovery was waiting to blast off and take supplies to the International Space Station.
The bat (pictured here at right), whose name I choose to believe was Dmitri and who I choose to believe had travelled many thousands of miles for this express purpose, then limped through the air and landed on the foam shell around Discovery’s fuel tank.
No doubt inconsolable at his lost abilities for terrestrial flight, Dmitri the bat was about to achieve glory in a different kind of flight – the first bat to fly into space. Doubtless many bats across the country tuned in to watch this incredible and monumentous occasion in bat history.
Moments later, Discovery’s engines exploded into life and the shuttle made its rocketing ascent into space, with Dmitri clinging desperately to the fuel tank all the while.
According to the folks over at NASA, presumably the ones in charge of the Crushing Everyone’s Dreams department:
“The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery’s climb into orbit.”
I’ve written Disney about turning this into a movie, because tbh if you didn’t find the story of Dmitri the Space Bat touching, you probably have no heart. Also, I hear NASA’s hiring.
No response from Disney yet on the Space Bat movie. I’ll let you know.