RIP SpaceBat… an inspiration for all….

How is this for amazing… A Bat has been spotted attached to the Space Shuttle Discovery in it’s last launch… It was attached to the  External fuel tank (shown as the little red circle on the main pic) and spent the last moments of his life in a glorious ascent to the stars…

A poem made in the comments on the Giz story seemed so very appropriate

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds…and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of…wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space…
…put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Coulldn’t have summed up a better eulogy for the first bat in space…

EDIT: perhaps this would be more appropriate…

Like a bat out of hell
Ill be gone when the morning comes
When the night is over
Like a bat out of hell Ill be gone gone gone
Like a bat out of hell Ill be gone when the morning comes
When the day is done
And the sun goes down
And the moonlights shining through
Then like a sinner before the gates of heaven
Ill come crawling on back to you

(NASA via Gizmodo)

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