Why A Rocket Launchpad Is No Place For A Frog

On September 6, 2013, NASA’s LADEE spacecraft launched into orbit from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It was not alone.

A frog, likely one hanging out near a “cool, damp place” on the launchpad, also found itself thrust into the air during liftoff. The bizarre moment was captured by a remote camera at the scene. Here’s a wide shot, followed by a closeup:


Image: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

“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. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.”

According to NASA, there’s no word yet on what happened to the frog afterwards, but you can assume he had a pretty bad day.

Proving once again that it’s not easy being green, especially when you’re on fire. Godspeed, Frogger.

Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.