For the past few days, since I found out about this, I've been trying to figure out what was the reasoning behind taking dinosaur bones into space. Everywhere I looked I couldn't find any explanation to why, and this place doesn't seem to be the best to ask this question, but I don't know where else I could.
I know that in 1985 NASA's Spacelab 2 took a piece of bone from a Maiasaura Peeblesorum dinosaur. But why? What did they do with it? What was that they tried to find out?
There was also a second dinosaur bone that went into space 3 years later, Coelophysis, again, with unknown reason.
If this question is way off the topic, please guide me to the right place. This has baffled me for awhile now.