Monday, March 16, 2009

Bat Attempts to Stowaway on Space Shuttle

"A small bat appears to be trying to hitch a ride aboard the space shuttle Discovery from its perch on the spacecraft's attached external tank as NASA counts down to a planned Sunday evening launch.

Birds and bats can pose a hazard to space shuttles if they impact and damage an orbiter's sensitive heat shield tiling. This thermal coating protects the shuttle from burning up in Earth's atmosphere when it re-enters.

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