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Boldly going where no frog has gone before

Boldly going where no frog has gone before
The poor, poor frog. (NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry)
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Call it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A poor frog found itself a little too close to a NASA rocket launch and ended up getting blasted into the air. Seeing as everything is apparently caught on camera now, it’s fitting that a NASA camera captured the remarkable scene.

NASA was launching its LADEE spacecraft from a facility in Virginia last Friday. As per normal, they had cameras on sound triggers positioned around the launch pad to photograph the event.

Of all the shots they took, NASA photographers found one astounding frame that captured the frog – with its little arms and legs extended – being hurled through the air by the force of the blast. (Yes, NASA experts confirmed the photo is real.)

For you frog-lovers out there, nobody is quite sure what came of the unlucky amphibian.

“The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain,” NASA wrote in a caption with the photo.

The NASA facility is located near the Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is largely made up of salt marsh and woodlands.

As Universe Today points out, there is also a pool near the launch pad that fills during launches. In addition to protecting the pad and cutting down on noise, it would also provide a lovely habitat for a wandering frog.

Click on the photo below to see a high-res version:

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