Formally revealed a few hours after Saturday's (May 30) launch, but spotted mere seconds after NASA crew members Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley began to circle the planet on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, the sparkly third passenger sent "tremors" across social media.
"We did end up with one stowaway on board our vehicle when we launched today. It was not just Doug and I who accomplished the launch here," said Behnken, addressing the reported sighting of a blue and pink creature on the ship. "We do have an Apatosaurus aboard."
A long-necked, four-legged dinosaur that walked the Earth during the late Jurassic period 150 million years ago, the Apatosaurus had now achieved spaceflight.
Or at least a sequin-covered doll of the sauropod had, as one was now floating on board the commercial space capsule.
"We both have two boys who are super interested in dinosaurs," said Behnken. "We collected up all the dinosaurs between our two houses and 'Tremor,' the Apatosaurus, got the vote from the boys to make the trip into space today with us."
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