If you tuned in for the recent SpaceX manned launch to the International Space Station, you may have noticed an odd stowaway onboard – a sequined 6-inch dinosaur.
The toy was seen on the launch livestream as it appeared in the cockpit, floating around once zero gravity had set it. This of course being its purpose – with previous space flights having similar items onboard to indicate zero gravity, such as a plush Earth toy on an unmanned SpaceX flight last year.
Named Tremor, the toy’s original owner was Theo – astronaut Robert Behnken’s 6-year old son, who donated the Apatosaurus for the flight.
The SpaceX launch was a historic for a couple of reasons, these being both the first manned commercial space flight and the first launch of astronauts from American soil in a decade.
The dinosaur toy – part of the TY Flippables dinosaurs collection, from the same brand behind the popular beanie babies dinosaur toys – was offered on the SpaceX official online store, sold out shortly after the successful and is no longer available anywhere.
If you were hoping to pick one up for yourself, you’re pretty much out of luck at this point.
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