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The Astronaut Coelophysis



According to the Associated Press, the director of the Carnegie Museum of
Natural History, Jay Apt, who is a former astronaut, has put a 214 million
year old _Coelophysis_ skull on the passenger list for a trip on the space
shuttle Atlantis.  Blast-off for the oldest astronaut is January 22.

? ?This remarkable opportunity to marry the Earth's history with humankind's
future is what the Museum of Natural History is all about,? Apt said.?

The skull is 8 inches long and will not be the subject of any particular study
in space (although weightlessness or airsickness as causes for the extinction
of dinosaurs might be suggested).  Astronauts evidently routinely take varied
and unique objects into space.

Mary
mkirkaldy@aol.com