Frog Blasts Off With Recent NASA Rocket

By Lisa Raffensperger | September 11, 2013 5:43 pm
frog blastoff

LADEE and the frog, at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit NASA/Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

This amazing photo taken on Friday at the launch of NASA’s LADEE spacecraft contained a tiny photo-bomb—a frog that appears to have been launched by the force of the rocket.

The picture was taken by remote cameras on site and has since been confirmed by a spokesman to be authentic and non-altered, reported Universe Today.

The amphibian’s presence might not be as bizarre as it first seems, though, since launch pads are often built in wet, marshy areas that can contain the heat produced from ignition, reports the Atlantic.

While it’s unknown what became of the tiny traveler, it doesn’t look hopeful—for scale, the rocket to his right is 80 feet tall. But he certainly went out with fanfare.


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  • Bob Blaskiewicz

    Godspeed, frog.

  • Antonio R. Sanchez

    Better to die by rocket than Cajun!

  • Jim Nelson

    Kermit… no ticket. Whatever happened to Frogs Fly Free?

    • Heimdall222

      What happened?

      Well, United gobbled up Continental, and part of the deal was that flying Frogs would henceforth be charged an arm and a…leg!

  • The Sanity Inspector

    That’s a manly death, that there…

    • Heimdall222

      A frogly death?

  • Phillip Jones

    I expect environmentalists to begin the process for ending launches.

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    Looks like he found the rainbow connection.

  • Worlds Greatestsinner


  • KiranPrasad

    that frog now travel in lightspeed

  • Eric Johnson

    It’s not easy being green.

  • yazzer

    one small step for man, one giant leap for frogdom

  • Doctor_No

    The frog lives! And there will be h3ll to pay! :)

    • Heimdall222

      Why? Details, please!

  • Alan Martin

    Up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane. It’s a frog! A frog?

  • Buddy199


  • Phil Junnila

    And his wife is yelling, “I told you that would give you gas!”

  • Bigsmile

    Why every one is saying it’s a frog? From the photo it’s not really clear. It seems to big to be a frog. It may even be a human.

    • Heimdall222

      Or it may even be a Photoshopped fake…!

  • Iain Park

    So that’s where Kermit went

  • Heimdall222

    Older? Possibly. But certainly not smarter!

  • ElGeorge

    The jump of his life……

  • Barbara Harris

    Ribbit … Ribbit … Ribbit ?Ribbit? R I BB I T??? Rocket!!!

  • kincaidhowey


  • Gert Morgan

    I do not believe this picture. A frog at that height would be invisible. Is there a closeup of this picture or was it photo shopped? Hopefully it was not a person and no one has gone searching to check it out?

  • Aakriti Ghai

    oops, declared pic of the day. lol
    see this link

  • Joseraph

    PETA is gonna kill us…


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