Why A Rocket Launchpad Is No Place For A Frog

Posted by on September 13, 2013
Image: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

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 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.” – LADEE Frog Photobomb

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.


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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.