Did a Frog ‘Photobomb’ a NASA Moon Probe Launch?

A frog “photobombed” a shot of the launch of NASA’s Minotaur V rocket carrying a moon probe into area in 2013.

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It’s not on daily basis that an airborne amphibian unintentionally “photobombs” a image of a NASA area launch, however we are able to affirm that it has occurred at the least as soon as within the historical past of U.S. area missions, and a {photograph} exists to show it.

The date was Sept. 6, 2013, the place was NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, and the launch was of a U.S. Air Force Minotaur V automobile carrying NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

According to NASA, the one-of-a-kind {photograph} was captured by a sound-triggered digicam simply after the second of liftoff. This is what the digicam recorded:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

The airborne frog could be seen within the higher left-hand quadrant of the photograph. Here is an enlargement:

Frog and rocketNASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

Photographer Chris Perry, who arrange the digicam, advised NBC News the frog was in all probability about 50 toes from the digicam’s location, whereas the rocket was at the least 150 toes away, therefore the frog seems bigger than it really was. “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,” NBC quoted Perry as saying. “Definitely a surprise to us (and a little sad).”

NASA later posted the {photograph} on its web site (albeit with an faulty date) together with the remark: “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.”


DiMargo, Carissa. “Frog Blasted Into Air During Rocket Launch.” NBC4 Washington, https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/reports-frog-caught-in-va-rocket-launch/1953276/. Accessed 2 Sept. 2022.

Garner, Rob. “LADEE Liftoff!: The Journey Begins.” NASA, 16 Apr. 2015, http://www.nasa.gov/content/ladee-liftoff-the-journey-begins.

“LADEE Frog Photobomb.” NASA Solar System Exploration, https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/270/ladee-frog-photobomb. Accessed 2 Sept. 2022.


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