Last week, NASA launched the LADEE probe from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to study the surface of the moon for 100 days.
It was visible from much of the northeast United States and yielded a whole batch of spectacular photos. This one taken from the top of Rockefeller Plaza is particularly great, as you can see both the separation points of the rocket as well as all 3 stages.
And then there is this single frame. Notice anything?
That’s right. In the upper third of the cloud of flames and smoke from the engines, you can clearly see Rocket Frog. Look at the majesty. Look at the height. This was not planned by NASA, and almost certainly wasn’t planned by the frog. But there he is. He wasn’t the first.
NASA has confirmed that this is a real picture: ‘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.’
I’ll disagree. The frog was likely fricasseed shortly after this frame was snapped. But his condition is, and always will be, awesome.
Godspeed you brave, brave photobombing frog. One great leap, indeed.
[Also, Space X recently scared the bejeezus out of a herd of cows]