Two years ago today -- on Sunday, March 15, 2009, a free-tailed bat with a broken wing clung to the Space Shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank before liftoff. Unbeknownst to him, he was about to be granted one last chance at flight. And fly he did -- with over 37-million horsepower behind him. I think about you more than I'd like to admit, Space Bat. Here's to hoping stars are just fireflies and you caught a free ride to the buffet.
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive
Lil' bat echolocating in the in the dead of night
Take these poorly developed eyes and learn to see
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
*wipes tear, pours out a little liquor, chugs the rest, vomits into laptop*
Hit the jump for several video tributes to the gone but never forgotten.
Remembering Space Bat [buzzfeed]
Thanks to Carol, who claims she once rode a bike with a broken arm. Okay now that's just being foolish.