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Photo: The Incredible Rise of Rocket Frog

Mr. Frog's wild ride -- from a rocket launch to internet stardom
Related: Space
NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry
A frog unwittingly made one giant leap for amphibian kind on Friday, Sept. 6, when it was catapulted into the air during NASA's LADEE spacecraft launch. A still camera on a sound trigger at Virginia's Wallops Flight Facility captured this incredibly well-timed shot of the frog's wild ride.

The image has gone went viral (naturally) - accompanied punny headlines and jokes, including "Rocket frog takes flying leap" and "Frog pops up in NASA photo of LADEE rocket launch: Did it croak?"

Rocket frog even got its own anthem, a re-worked version of David Bowie's classic, "Space Oddity":

This is Major Frog to Ground Control
I thought I had a few seconds more
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the pond looks very different today

Sadly, according to NASA, "the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."

But, maybe, just maybe ...

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Rocket Frog

"One small step for a frog:
One giant leap for rocket frogkind" - http://www.rocketfrog.ca

September 13 2013 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocket Frog

"One small step for a frog:
One giant leap for frog kind" - http://www.rocketfrog.ca

September 13 2013 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Burrito Justice

and you might want to give @darth credit for the parachute GIF.

September 12 2013 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Burrito Justice

that's better!

September 12 2013 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Burrito Justice

um, that would be David Bowie's Space Oddity, actually. thanks though.

September 12 2013 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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