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Re: dino bones in space - was it a PR thing?

You raise a very good point. What would the scientific community be saying about this if the specimens had been sent into space by a private or commercial collector / dealer? If the specimens are such importance that they must remain in the public trust, why are they being shot into space for no valid reason? Or are some of these "expendable"? If the answer to the latter question is yes, then the argument about specimens needing to remain in the public trust for future generations seems dubious (especially in the case of the Coelophysis skull). Was the risk worth the "benefit"?


B tH wrote:
" The first dinosaur in space was Maiasaura peeblesorum  (a duck-billed 
dinosaur). A piece of bone from a baby Maiasaura and a Maiasaura eggshell were taken 
into space by astronaut Loren Acton on an 8-day NASA mission (Spacelab 2) in 1985. 
The historic Maiasaura fossils now reside at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, 
Montana, USA. Maiasaura is the official state dinosaur of Montana (since 1985).

The second dinosaur in space was Coelophysis (a meat-eater). A Coelophysis skull was 
brought into space on the space shuttle Endeavor on January 22, 1998. It traveled to 
the space station Mir.  "

What was the point of that exercise?
I'm not objecting just a little perplexed.


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