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The animal was found hiding next to an external fuel tank.
Its fate is unknown but it is likely to have died during take-off.
"We're characterising him as unexpected debris and he's probably still unexpected debris somewhere," launch director Mike Leinbach told laughing reporters at a press conference.
Bats can cause a problem if they damage the heat shield tiling, which protects the orbiter when it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.
Fight STS-119 left the Kennedy Space Centre without incident.
Originally posted by kcfusion
How long till bats are labeled terrorists...
Originally posted by whatukno
I think that bat either flew off at main engine start or was vaporized at lift off.