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A Frog Tried to Hitchhike a Free Ride on NASA LADEE Space Rocket

NASA's camera captured this tiny frog catching major air and riding exhaust during the launch of its LADEE spacecraft last Friday. This very close encounter with the space agency's rockets has turned this tiny, anonymous amphibian into a hero.

A remote camera triggered by the roar of the Minotaur V rocket blasting off into space captured an image of the frog being flung into the air and NASA officials confirmed that it is a real image.

"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 said on its official Instagram, noting that it's fully possible that this frog could have given his life for science. "The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain." Clearly, if you have any information regarding the frog, please contact us (or NASA.)

NASA's Wallops facility neighbors the Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established in 1975 when NASA transferred 373 acres of land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is home to eagles, owls, migratory birds and other species, according to a description on the service's website.

The robotic LADEE probe is now on a month-long journey to the moon where it is tasked with investigating the mysteries of lunar dust and the moon's thin atmosphere. It is the first moon-bound mission to launch from NASA's Virginia facility.

Since the picture of Space Frog was released last night, Space Frog has captured the imagination of America and has become a figure in America's social media platforms. The question people want answered is: did he or she die during the launch? Judging from our short history of animals vs. space rockets, the space rocket has always won.

Space Frog isn't the only animal who has hitched a ride on a rocket. That honor goes to a pair of Space Bats. We don't have a picture of Space Bat I, but he or she landed on a tank during the 1998 Columbia shuttle launch, NASA said. Space Bat II was more recognizable when he or she clung to the side of space shuttle Discovery during a 2009 launch.

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