Home Science

Toy dinosaur that joined astronauts on SpaceX flight extinct at most stores

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

Staff Writer for Telegraph Local | See my LinkedIn

A toy dinosaur flew along with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the SpaceX Crew Dragon’s trip to the International Space Station this weekend.  If you were wishing to add this dino to your home toy box, unfortunately it’s impossible.. The cute little guy is all but extinct at online stores.

Astronauts describe ride to space aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon

The dinosaur was seen on the broadcast of Saturday’s launch, floating past Behnken and Hurley. The plush toy was dubbed a zero-gravity indicator, because once it begins to float, the astronauts, who are of course buckled down, know that they’re experiencing weightlessness. A similar toy of Earth was used in a similar way for an uncrewed SpaceX flight in 2019.

“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,” Behnken said after the blastoff, according to Space.com. “We do have an Apatosaurus aboard.” 

And the Apatosaurus has a name: Tremor. It belongs to one of the astronauts’ sons. Behnken has a 6-year-old son, Theo, and Hurley has a 10-year-old son, Jack.

“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,” Behnken said.

According to a tweet from science writer and geologist Mika McKinnon, the dinosaur is a six-inch long plushy from toy maker Ty, creator of Beanie Babies, with reversible blue/pink sequins.

According to MSN.com and sources from Barron’s, the dinosaur was briefly sold in the SpaceX online store, but is no longer available there. SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about whether it would be restocked. And as of Wednesday, Tremor was listed as out of stock at various online stores, including Joann Fabrics, Michael’s and Amazon.

Iran scientist acquitted in US trade secrets case deported

The dinosaur’s appearance was brief, but it was enough to earn it some Earthling fans. “My favorite part about this launch is that a glittery dinosaur has gone to space before almost all of us,” wrote one Twitter user.

Leave a Reply