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This particular soft toy had a practical use, too - it was used by cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, and NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank as a "zero gravity indicator."
According to CollectSPACE.com, the Angry Bird was selected by Shkaplerov's 5-year-old daughter for the flight, and he would have done her proud.
During launch, the camera inside the capsule could clearly see the dangling bird. Nine minutes into the flight, just after third stage separation (9 minutes 25 seconds into the video below), the bird did his thing: he floated freely, signifying the capsule had reached orbit and the crew was experiencing microgravity.
"As you can see from the Angry Bird floating above Shkaplerov, the crew has reached orbit," the NASA launch commentator said humorously in the live NASA TV footage of the launch.
I'm no app developer, but I think this might be the perfect time for Angry Bird creators Rovio to consider a Special Space Edition...
Images: Top: The moment Angry Bird experienced weightlessness in the Soyuz capsule (NASA TV). Middle: Angry Birds creator Rovio celebrates the first Angry Bird in space (Rovio).