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Flying frog photobombs NASA rocket launch


Posted on Saturday, 14 September, 2013 | Comment icon 26 comments

The photobombing frog has since gone viral. Image Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry
An adventurous frog managed to steal the show during the launch of NASA's LADEE spacecraft this week.
As the rocket carrying the space probe launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, all eyes at NASA were on the LADEE ( Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer ) mission and on making sure that everything went according to plan. As photographs of the launch started to circulate the Internet however it turned out that it wasn't the rocket or the space probe that was receiving the majority of the attention.

In one of the frames of footage from the launch an unusual silhouette can be seen hurtling through the air - a tiny frog that was in the wrong place at the wrong time and had ended up being propelled in to the heavens by the force from the rocket.

"The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch," NASA wrote. "The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."

The image has since gone viral with the hapless amphibian generating more media interest than the launch itself.

Source: NASA | Comments (26)

Tags: LADEE, NASA, launch, frog

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lava_Lady on 14 September, 2013, 22:54
Eulogy in memorum: Poor froggy... in his life, he was the modicum of amphibianism. In his (most assured) death he has become the bomb... photo bomb but still. In the immortal words of Dylan: Frog went a-courtin' and he did ride Frog went a-courtin' and he did ride Frog went a-courtin' and he did ride With a sword and a pistol by his side Amen.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Junior Chubb on 15 September, 2013, 9:13
Is this a series reboot for Kermit?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 15 September, 2013, 9:32
Poor froggy!!!!
Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin on 15 September, 2013, 18:53
Is this a series reboot for Kermit? Junior, you're alive! Thank God you made it. Must have been one hell of a landing.
Comment icon #21 Posted by susieice on 15 September, 2013, 19:25
Comment icon #22 Posted by susieice on 15 September, 2013, 22:30
Apparently this frog is not the first and far from alone. http://www.universetoday.com/28156/nasa-could-be-criminally-negligent-over-brian-the-bat-death/
Comment icon #23 Posted by Antoin on 12 October, 2013, 21:39
well that's a first, NASA actually admitting to something in one of their photos
Comment icon #24 Posted by lightly on 13 October, 2013, 2:21
Godspeed froggy!
Comment icon #25 Posted by Likely Guy on 13 October, 2013, 5:27
No mention of Michigan J. Frog yet? Fellow UM'ers, you disappoint.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Lava_Lady on 13 October, 2013, 6:26
No mention of Michigan J. Frog yet? Fellow UM'ers, you disappoint. Hahaha! I love Michigan J. Frog!


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