One would think that after NASA launched LADEE on Saturday, most of the talk would be about the potential this exploratory mission has. While that’s true to a degree, the thing getting the bulk of the attention from the launch right now is a frog that was unfortunate enough to get a little too close to the rocket. The incident was captured on camera, making for one of the greatest photobombs of all time.
The photo below was posted on the NASA website with the caption, “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.”
After the initial amusement, shock and (maybe) a little bit of sadness for the photobombing frog, many are wondering just how the frog got up that high. According to Universe Today, the rocket’s launch pad has a “pool for the high-volume water deluge system that activates during launches to protect the pad from damage and for noise suppression, and likely there was a (formerly) damp, cool place that was a nice spot for a frog to hang out.”
Hopefully none of the frog’s other amphibian buddies were hanging around during the launch. Otherwise, they were certainly in for the shock of their lives. Check out some comments from Twitter users on the frog photobomb below.
— RM Noble Photography (@RMNoblePhotog) September 12, 2013
— Stephen Young (@symusiccountry) September 13, 2013
— HuffPostUK Pic Desk (@HuffPostUKPics) September 13, 2013