Frog caught flying on cam in middle of NASA rocket launch in bizarre photo

Frogs… in… space….

A NASA camera caught a rather odd photo of a frog, seemingly flying through the air, during a rocket launch in Virginia on September 6.

The photo itself has been flying around the Web, with people understandably questioning its veracity.

But NASA confirmed the photo is real, and one of theirs.  And, they say, it’s really a frog.

A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA's LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real (Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry.)

A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real (Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry.)

From NASA:

A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 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.

Here’s the much larger original photo from NASA.  It’s almost funny, until you start wondering exactly what happened to the frog.

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Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry.


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15 Responses to “Frog caught flying on cam in middle of NASA rocket launch in bizarre photo”

  1. Straightnotnarrow says:

    No way that’s a frog. Look at the rest of the material associated with the cloud plume. This is just our brains making a ‘frog’ from the pattern. I believe the photo is real but I’d eat the frog if it was real.

  2. Ted says:

    What is “bizarre” about the photo?

  3. Ron Robertson says:

    How did a frog get up that high? Or is it not as high up as that looks?

  4. ehmkec says:

    Kermit is holding a presser at 2pm at the Washington Mall. McConnell is demanding Obama resign. Boehner is calling a special session of congress to repeal ObamaCare. Business as usual except for the frog thing.

  5. samizdat says:

    Apparently, there WERE frogs harmed in the making of this picture.

  6. Thom Allen says:

    Alien space visitor looking for Area 51?
    Kermie fleeing Miss Piggy?

  7. PeteWa says:

    frogs are just space dolphins, right?

  8. Number Six says:

    Is that a little top hat I see on his head?

    “Hello my honey, hello my baby, hello my ragtime gal!”

  9. zorbear says:

    Maybe frogs is kin to dolphins…?
    :-P

  10. PeteWa says:

    singing:
    “thanks for all the flies!”

  11. BeccaM says:

    Hell of a way to go though, huh? ;-)

    Frog in Froggy-Heaven explaining to his froggy buds, “Nah, I didn’t get squished in the road or eaten by some bird. I was blown up by a gen-u-ine motherfuckin’ moon rocket.”

  12. pricknick says:

    It’s confirmed. The frog is dead.

  13. BeccaM says:

    Correction: The frog WAS real.

  14. pappyvet says:

    Wow,thats one giant leap for frog kind

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