On March 15, 2009, the Space Shuttle Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center without any issues, except one.
During the countdown a bat was seen to be resting on the external tank.
What was originally believed to be a fruit bat was revealed to have been a free-tailed bat that clung onto the fuel tank during the launch.
NASA observers had believed the bat would fly off once the shuttle started to launch, but it did not, and it was probably shaken off and incinerated by the rocket exhaust.
A bat doctor, analyzing pictures, believed the bat had a broken wing which made it unable to fly off.
Since then, ‘space bat’ has become something of a meme on internet, with websites and groups keeping his memory alive on the anniversary he died chasing a dream.