Adorable ‘Little Earth’ Plushie Sells Out After Elon Musk Launches It Into Space
By Yoon Sann Wong, 05 Mar 2019
Image via Celestial Buddies
Last week, SpaceX launched its test dummy ‘Ripley’ along with an Earth-shaped plush toy aboard its Crew Dragon trial flight that successfully reached the International Space Station.
CEO Elon Musk jokingly tweeted that the toy, which doubled as a “super-high tech zero-g indicator,” was “added just before launch.” He followed up with a short video of “Earth [floating] gently in zero gravity.”
Doesn't this poor little guy need a seat belt?— Sivaraj (@sivarajkumar237) March 2, 2019
Is there a sensor inside him? 😄✨— K10 (@Kristennetten) March 2, 2019
He is the sensor!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019
Earth floats gently in zero gravity pic.twitter.com/XUH3KeDPVe— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019
It seems the adorable toy didn’t just win the heart of astronaut Anne McClain, who’s aboard the International Space Station and met the little guy after Crew Dragon safely docked at its destination, but also that of many other avid followers of the SpaceX mission.
During the welcoming ceremony held at the station, McClain announces at the 0:47-minute mark of the video below, “On behalf of Ripley, little Earth, myself, and our crew, welcome to the Crew Dragon,” before giving little Earth a playful spin. She then tweeted the cute picture of the mannequin’s travel companion with the caption, “Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful?”
.@AstroAnnimal welcomes humans aboard the first @SpaceX #CrewDragon to visit the station and introduces two special guests, Ripley and Little Earth, ushering in the era of @Commercial_Crew. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/QqzEEgDWzt— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 3, 2019
Buddy is like an Earth Pokémon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2019
The toy had sold for roughly US$20 online via Celestial Buddies, which declared on its website that unfortunately, little Earth is currently sold out.
The Celestial Buddies’ website reads, “At 2:49 AM EST on Saturday, March 2, 2019, SpaceX launched its Dragon Crew Rocket toward the International Space Station. On board were ‘Ripley’ an anthropomorphic test device (a/k/a test dummy) named for Sigourney Weaver’s character in the movie Alien, and Celestial Buddies’ own Earth, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk dubbed a ‘super high tech zero-g indicator.’”
“We at Celestial Buddies had no advance information about Earth’s participation in the launch, although a sudden flurry of orders for Earth in the 48 hours prior to lift off had made us wonder if something was afoot. By the time the rocket left Cape Kennedy, however, our entire inventory of Earth had been completely sold out, with scores of orders still unfilled.”
“We apologize for our current lack of Earths . . .we have never had a product on backorder before . . .but we have never had one of our products launched into space before, and we were taken totally by surprise. Thus, our reorder will not be in our warehouse until the end of April.”
On Amazon, little Earth is selling for up to US$78 per toy.
Earth’s second day on @Space_Station started early, but he was happy to learn that even in space, the day starts off with coffee. Then it was emergency mask donning practice with @Astro_DavidS - if there’s an (unlikely) ammonia leak, we have just seconds to protect ourselves. pic.twitter.com/Mmtc6ii3B8— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 5, 2019
[via Business Insider, main image via Celestial Buddies]
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