Was Brian the Discovery Bat Just a Diversion by NASA?

Article written: 19 Mar , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015


With all the attention focused on Brian the Discovery bat, did everyone possibly miss this? I sense perhaps the bat was just NASA’s way of diverting our attention from more serious problems.

Thanks to Universe Today reader T. Cook and friend for creating and sharing this image!

32 Responses

  1. Yael Dragwyla says

    April Fool! Oky, what holiday comes up next? 😉

  2. Don Alexander says


  3. Polarboar says

    They heard there was ice on Mars, so long and thanks for all the seal.

  4. Max says

    …It looks shopped to me.
    (You can tell by the pixels)

  5. MarsMan says

    It may have been his last one, but our friend got the ride of his life. ;o)

  6. star-grazer says

    The Russians also demands their emblem. lol

  7. Luke Garratt says

    Bear with me, but I think he was informed that the shuttle was heading to Polaris…

  8. Mikel says

    Yes, they were covering up the fact that one of the NASA launch personnel was …



  9. The Occupant says

    Damn, those Coca Cola marketing department people are SLICK.
    Pity about the bear though.

  10. Jack says

    wow its a very short article and still people did not read before posting. He said “creating” not taking the picture. of course its


    cheers to Polarboar for the most clever comment of the bunch!

    “They heard there was ice on Mars, so long and thanks for all the seal.”

    yeah for hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

  11. Brad says

    The bear was clearly abandoning the planet due to global warming.

  12. Bridh Hancock says

    I would like to know what ‘bat’ means, and so what ‘brian-the-discovery-bat’ means.
    The photo must be Photoshopped, and a fine piece of work, too, and is almost irrelevant to anything ‘up, up and away’.

    I like the idea of pre-April-Fool trickery.

    Here is Oz, we have polar bears being associated with Sennets Icecream and Buncaberg (alcoholic) beverages. Naturally there are none down here.

  13. Mr Bill says

    Leave it to the government for yet another cover-up.

    Any one out there that thinks this is a REAL picture of a polar bear on the fuel tank? If so, I have some land to sell you about twenty miles east of Miami. Great property!! Lots of water nearby!!

  14. Jesper says

    I saw another funny cartoon about the bat on a Dutch news website just now:


  15. willdabeast says

    I’m pretty much with everyone on this one and it’s a shopped photo.


    I have no proof it’s shopped and no one has shown any proof either. So assuming this is true how the hell did the bear get up there?

  16. Simon Douglass says

    Bridh – “bat” means, um…. bat!
    (or to be precise, a flying nocturnal mammal with membranous wings that extend between the fingers and limbs).

    And everyone else, I happen to know for a fact from a reliable source within NASA, that this is a genuine photo, not ‘shopped’. It was arranged as part of a promotional activity….

  17. Rey says

    They should’ve placed David Hasselhof on top of the rocket.

  18. Jon Hanford says

    This must be an unknown species of GIGANTIC polar bear! Compare his size to that of , say, the windows on the shuttle and his enormity is revealed. Maybe he’s the last of his kind.

  19. Marco says

    No, no, no. Everyone is missing the point. We humans are the last to find out that the mini-bigfoots on Mars taste good.

    He, he, he, Hasselhoff. Hasselhof segues are always funny.

  20. Lt Fox Chunder says

    While I appreciate and understand the jovial nature of this discussion I feel I must intervene. During my 25 years service in the Navy I had to deal with no less that 100 Polar Bear/Nuclear Warhead related issues. This is no laughing matter. Prior to any test launch, it was my responsibility to remove said Polar Bears. While it was rare to find one perched atop the warhead, it was not uncommon to find them hiding within an exhaust cone. I sustained many injuries during the extraction process and I thank you not to belittle what is a genuine and important problem!

  21. Sir Arthur Wellesley says

    How could a Polar Bear ever generate the 1.21 Jiggawatts of eletricity he needs to get on top of the cone?!?!

  22. Marco says

    Polar bears are crafty. Without thumbs, how do they get those bottles of Coca Cola open? Sure they’re strong, but they don’t break the bottles.

  23. Don Alexander says

    @Jack: Of course I read the article and of course I realized it was “created”… I was doing my own silly goof by spoofing the people who say “Shopped!!!” to everything by saying it about something that was very obviously not real…

    @Lt Fox Chunder: You win. That comment is made of awesome.

  24. Per says

    The bear is just a diversion for the string middle left, probably attached to a crane of some sort. Some NASA flunkie probably forgot to edit it out of the picture, and is probably fired by now. I knew the shuttle wasn’t real. :\

  25. Dork Leader Standing By says

    After reaching at least 88mph, you can accomplish anything.

  26. Jim says

    NASA needs to update the mission patch. I have a suggestion



  27. Davidlpf says

    I can’t bear to look.

  28. Keith says

    Not many people spotted the” tiger in the tank”. Showing my age now.

  29. Aileen says

    You can BEARly miss it.

    Of course it is a diversion and not real. Every bear knows it needs a towel when it goes hitchhiking across the galaxy, some humans too. Don’t you? :-))

  30. Olaf says

    Yes Aileen, the very fact that the bear does nt have a towel proves that he was not hitchhiking across the galaxy and thus not real. LOL

  31. Jan says

    How did the bear get up there? Well, the bat took him there of course, why do you think the bat broke its wing? And it’s obvious why he wanted to get there: it’s too hot in Florida for polar bears, so he looked for a cooler place. Where better to sit than on top of the supercooled liquid hydrogen tank?

  32. Jon Hanford says

    Maybe he thought he was heading to a polar orbit.

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