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(Submitted October 24, 1997)

This is the best site I could find to ask this question from my first grade class. We are studying bats (the mammals) and the students would like to know if a bat has ever been in space. If so, what happened?

The Answer

As far as we can tell, bats have never been in space. Oddly enough, Shuttle astronauts were asked the same question and Susan Still's reply implies that there have never been any bats on a Space Shuttle.

Sandy Antunes and Koji Mukai
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