Over the weekend, a glittering toy dinosaur and NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard a SpaceX manned Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station,media CNET reported. But if people want to add the dinosaur to their family’s toy box, they may be disappointed. Because this cute little guy is sold out on most e-commerce platforms.
The toy dinosaur was seen floating past Behnken and Hurley during Saturday’s launch. The toy is nicknamed the Zero Gravity Indicator because once it starts floating, the astronauts with their seat belts know they are going through weightlessness. In a SpaceX unmanned test flight in 2019, the Earth-shaped plush toy played a similar role.
“When we launched today, there was indeed a ‘smuggler’ on our launch vehicle. It’s not just Doug and I who completed the launch here,” Behnken said after the launch, according to Space.com. “We do have a confused dragon on board. “
And this confused dragon has a name: “Tremor”. “We collected all the dinosaur toys between our two families, and ‘Tremor’– the confused dragon dinosaur got the kids’ vote and went on a journey into space with us today. Behnken said.
According to a tweet by popular science writer and geologist Mika McKinnon, the dinosaur was a 6-inch-long dinosaur from toymaker Ty with blue/pink sequins.
Barron’s reported that the dinosaur toy, which was briefly sold in SpaceX’s online store, is now sold out. SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would return to the shelves. As of Wednesday, Tremor was listed as out of stock on a number of home appliance platforms, including Joann Fabrics, Michael’s and Amazon.
One Twitter user wrote: “My favourite thing is that in this launch, a shiny dinosaur went into space almost before we all went into space. “