SapceX Crew-4 Astronauts  As Indicators

Fly Plush Turtle & Monkey

What Do You Get When...

You cross a turtle with a chimp and send both into outer space? A whole lot of shenanigans.

Or At Least That Is The Story

Behind the plush turtle and small monkey that launched with SpaceX's Crew-4 astronauts on Wednesday (April 27). 

Both Dolls Began To Float When

The Dragon spacecraft "Freedom" entered orbit, about nine minutes after leaving Earth and 16 hours before arriving at the International Space Station.

NASA Astronaut Bob Hines Said

"One of the questions we often get asked about is the significance of our zero-g indicator. It may look like we have two, but rest assured we have one," 

As Hines Explained

The dolls were chosen by his daughter and the daughter of one of his crewmates, mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Hines Further Said

"My daughter chose 'Zippy' the turtle," referring to the youngest of his three daughters, Julia.

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