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SpaceX Crew Reveal Stowaway Dinosaur Toy 'Tremor'

Serving as a zero-g indicator, a blue and pink sequined dinosaur has recently flown on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule as it brought two astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX ‘Stowaway’ Revealed To Be A Stuffed Dinosaur

Recently, SpaceX and NASA made history as the former’s Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley launched into Earth’s orbit, marking the American space agency’s return to space flight ever since its space program formally closed back in 2011.

What surprised the millions of people watching the live broadcast through YouTube, however, is the apparent stowaway that revealed itself just a few seconds after the spacecraft entered Earth’s orbit: a blue and pink stuffed dinosaur that floated suddenly onto the camera, possibly setting a new record as, well… the most sequins to enter the planet’s orbit?

Serving as a zero gravity indicator, the stuffed dinosaur was formally revealed a few hours after the launch, which the crew revealed had been chosen by their sons.

"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. We do have an Apatosaurus aboard," Behnken said, addressing the reported sighting of a blue and pink creature on the ship.

Famously known for being a four-legged and long-necked herbivore dinosaur that lived some 150 million years ago, it seems like the Apatosaurus, or at least one of its stuffed and sequined relatives, has finally reached Earth’s orbit.

"We both have two boys who are super interested in dinosaurs. 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," he said.

Although Ty, the toy company behind the dinosaur, probably didn’t intend for the toy to achieve spaceflight, it did make for a very good visual zero-g indicator, given that it’s covered in sequins that gave it a distinct shine that changes from light-blue to pink if you flip it around.

"That was super cool thing for us to get a chance to do for both of our sons, who I hope were super excited to see their toy floating around on board. I am sure they would rather be here, given the opportunity, but hopefully they are proud of this as well," Behnken added.

SpaceX Dragon This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows a view of The Palms, Dubai as the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft passes below, in an image taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station on April 10, 2016. Tim Peake/ESA/NASA via Getty Images

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