The NASA video Expedition 63 Inflight with New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today - July 7, 2020 includes NASA astronaut Dr. Robert Behnken, and above can be seen a blue and purple glitter covered dinosaur (I think).

What is the story behind this dinosaur; how and when did it get there?

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The dinosaur, an Apatosaurus named "Tremor" is the unofficial third crew member (in the DM2 webcast also sometimes jokingly referred to as a stowaway) of SpX-DM2. It was chosen by Doug Hurley's and Bob Behnken's sons, who are both dinosaur fans.

Plush toys have somewhat of a tradition of being used as a zero-G indicator in spacecraft, since they are small, lightweight, fun, and pose no danger to equipment or crew when floating around.

This is not the first dinosaur on the ISS. In fact, there was even a dinosaur born on the ISS: Karen Nyberg sewed one for her son, who is, of course, also Doug Hurley's son.

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    $\begingroup$ His name is Tremor. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ I read that, but I couldn't remember whether the "dads in space" actually said that. It is the brandname of the toy, so that might be a mistake in that article. I also saw an article that talked about two toys, a dinosaur, and a "Ty flippables plush toy", and I looked it up, and Tremor actually is a brand name for a glittery plush dinosaur toy by Ty. So, don't trust what you read on the Internet, I guess :-D $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Muuski: That depends on whether you are in the capsule or not. Remember that SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 won two Emmy awards, so it is safe to assume that there were more people outside of the capsule than inside looking at the toy. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble: I just saw and heard Bob and Doug repeatedly referring to him by the name "Tremor". $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 2, 2020 at 7:20
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    $\begingroup$ @JörgWMittag I'm always here for you with the critical technical details :) $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 2, 2020 at 11:31

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