Back when the US had a manned space program, a bat hitched a ride on one of the last flights. Hidden agenda? Secret mission? Suicidal devotion? Who's to say why bats do things - they are a mystery. But the Internet, of course, came up with some tributes to this brave bat.
Where were you the day that bold bat rocketed up into the sky?
He/She's with Laika, and all the other animals - like space chimps - we shot into space and now orbit the Earth, forever.
Excelsior, our animal ambassadors!
Don't shed too many tears though, for these courageous animals knew what they were signing up for, and gladly accepted the risks. I mean, who doesn't want to go to space?