This T-Rex Fossil is the First Dinosaur Ever to Fly to Space

By Jesus Diaz on at

Lockheed Martin has published a surprising list of all the stuff that flew to space in the first Orion test. You are looking at one of the items above: a Tyrannosaurus Rex's tooth fossil sent by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Here's another one: a Cookie Monster cookie and Ernie's original rubber duckie from Sesame Street:

This T-Rex fossil is the first dinosaur ever to fly to space*

There's more weird stuff, too:

  • An oxygen hose from an Apollo lunar extra-vehicular activity suit representing humanity's first ventures to other planetary objects
  • A small lunar soil sample retrieved by the Apollo 11 crew on July 21, 1969.
  • The Museum's own flag first flown on the space shuttle orbiter Discovery in 1984, representing the era of living and working in space
  • And a futuristic sculpture awarded by the Museum as a trophy for current and lifetime achievements in aerospace representing innovation and excellence
  • Actress Claudia Wells' 'Back to the Future' autographed photos (she played Jennifer in the first one) and a DeLorean model that are packed on Orion for EFT-1.
  • William Shatner's Orion ticket and a 'Star Trek' Captain Kirk figurine donated by the actor.

This T-Rex fossil is the first dinosaur ever to fly to space*

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