A fragment of bone and eggshell from a nest of Maiasaura from Montana, United States, became the first dinosaur fossil that reached space.
The fossil flew into space in the astronaut's luggage Loren Acton during the mission Spacelab 2 July 1985.
No scientific reason
What was the scientific reason for that dinosaur flight? Any kind of experiment with fossils? Show some hypothesis? None of that. The reason for bringing a fossil into space was a simple whim.
Spacelab was a microgravity laboratory transported by the space shuttle on its missions to space. The main laboratory, cylindrical in shape, was carried at the rear of the ferry's cargo bay. It had an external diameter of 4.06 meters, and each of its segments a length of 2.7 meters. Two segments were used most of the time, resulting in a total length of 5.4 meters.
He Maiasaura He lived in the area currently covered by the state of Montana in the Upper Cretaceous Period, about 76.7 million years ago. The first fossils of Maiasaura were discovered in 1978.
Dinosaurs did not return to space until 1998, when a skull of Coelophysis He visited the MIR station.
The closest thing to a living dinosaur that flew into space were two Horsfield turtles that traveled in a miniature Noah astroarch launched by the Soviet Union in 1968. Together with worms, flies and other organisms on board the probe Zond 5, these were the first animals to orbit the moon.
On September 18, the spacecraft circled the moon. The closest approach to the selenite surface was 1,950 kilometers. Throughout the flight high quality photographs of the Earth were obtained at a distance of 90,000 kilometers. On September 21, 1968, the reentry capsule entered the earth's atmosphere, opening a parachute 7 kilometers high. The capsule fell into the Indian Ocean and was recovered on the same day.