A frog photobomb has everyone talking this week, and with the airborne frog’s viral photo already having 9,000 likes on Facebook and counting, this unfortunate amphibian has become quite the celebrity. UPI.com reports this Friday, Sept. 13, that a NASA camera caught a breathtaking photo of a small frog being launched into the air by the sheer force of the rocket thrusters of a LADEE spacecraft.
The frog photobomb was caught by a high-tech, sound-triggered NASA camera, and in one of the split-second frames managed to catch the airborne frog rocketing up off the ground from the aftershock of the boosters. The photo has already garnered well over 15,000 likes via NASA’s Instagram account, while an image uploaded to Facebook afterwards has already reached 9,000 digital likes from fans.
It is the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) that was the cause of this frog’s own flight, as it commenced lift off from Wallops Flight Facility on the U.S. East Coast on Friday. It’s now on its way to the distant moon, though it’s safe to say that the flying frog didn’t launch more than several yards into the air.
"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," NASA wrote to accompany the posted and now viral frog photobomb image. "The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.”
The frog is estimated to have only been 150 or so feet away from the rocket at the time of its launching, hence its unanticipated liftoff. Hopefully, the frog captured in the frog photobomb made it out okay.
"Our photo archive contains launch sequence photos from every launch, and none that I’ve seen so far has shown us anything like this before," said one NASA photographer. "Definitely a surprise to us (and a little sad)."