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  1. Ichthyic says

    I’ve heard people claim this is actually a frog climbing up a big movie screen…

    I prefer to think it was just flying away from the site of danger…

    yes, in my world, frogs fly.

    wut?

  2. Ichthyic says

    from the link:

    It’s easy to assume that Rocket Frog died a painful and fiery death shortly after this moment was captured, but maybe he didn’t. Maybe Rocket Frog never returned to the ground at all.

    Rocket frog, burning out his fuse up here alone

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time ‘til touch down brings me round again to find I’m not the frog they think I am at home
    Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket frog

  3. says

    Ichthyic:

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time ‘til touch down brings me round again to find I’m not the frog they think I am at home

    Oh, stop! You are not helping. Poor rocket frog.

  4. PDX_Greg says

    Icarus the poliwog dreamed
    of not just legs but wings
    and left his earthly things.

    I hope he didn’t suffer.
    Or her.

  5. says

    Wasn’t there a similar pic from a launch within the last year or two of a different sort of critter?

    Oh yeah, now I remember, it was a bat, I think hanging on to the external shuttle tank.

  6. says

    Actually, considering scale, that frog is probably only ten to 20 feet up at most, close to the cam and far from the rocket. Lifted by the shock wave probably.
    Swampy there, maybe froggy survived the air blast and landed nice and wet and is OK with a story to tell.

  7. Ichthyic says

    I was gonna say red, but doesn’t frog more resemble chicken in texture and flavour?

    better make it white.

  8. Ichthyic says

    Swampy there, maybe froggy survived the air blast and landed nice and wet and is OK with a story to tell.

    possible. they do seem to be able to survive falling shock pretty well.

  9. procrastinator will get an avatar real soon now says

    In the original (from comment 9) it looks like a scuba diver with a video camera was blown out of the blast pit. Prolly a Syrian spy.

  10. Rob says

    Actually, it depends where the camera was. For Apollo, NASA had cameras on and around the launch pad as well as very distant. Lets hope this was a distant one…

    Jafafa Hots –

    Actually, considering scale, that frog is probably only ten to 20 feet up at most, close to the cam and far from the rocket

  11. says

    @Caine:

    I was going to make that suggestion…

    I also suspect that the frog was probably already dead when the picture as taken – or could it have survived being ripped off the ground by a shockwave that lifts them 20 feet in the air, while being lightly toasted over an open flame?

  12. says

    Ground control to Rocket Frog
    Ground control to Rocket Frog
    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
    Ground control to Rocket Frog
    Commencing countdown, engines on
    Check ignition and may gods love be with you…

    This is ground control to Rocket Frog, you’ve really… wait…
    Rocket Frog?
    Ground control to Rocket Frog?
    Houston, we have a problem.

    And he had God’s love and everything!

  13. spamamander, internet amphibian says

    A moment of silence for a fellow amphibian.

    Maybe that’s why the little tree froggie was on my back door when I got home tonight… he was having a memorial.

  14. kantalope says

    sittin’ up here
    watchin’ all the lights blink down below
    the earth is turning why does it go so slow
    thinkin’ bout the frogs I left behind
    Houston can you hear me
    or have I lost my mind

    why me?
    why me?

    I was waitin on my lilly-pad
    all systems were go
    the man up in the tower was enjoying the show
    then I got this feeling that I never had before
    hey let me out of here what am I here fo’

    why me?
    why me?

    there must be a thousand other guys
    must be some other way to look good in your eyes
    why am I up here, what do they see in me
    must be a thousand other places to be

    why me

    the last man to be here was never heard from again
    he won’t be back this way ’til 3010…
    and now I’m riding on a fountain of fire
    with my back to the earth I go higher and higher
    why me?

  15. anchor says

    Of course, everyone here is suitably aware and similarly aghast at the wildlife toll that has been happening over at Cape Canaveral since the late ’50s, and are completely aware of how (post)modern (obligatory wink) photographic technology can obtain lots of detail of how violent a rocket launch can be…as if none of us knew how violent it can in fact be near the base of every big rocket launch, including those that place earth-observing satellites into orbit to help us understand how we wreck the planet. Right?

  16. says

    @anchor:
    Aware, yes. Aghast, no.

    After all, I do radar astronomy. And given what a few hundred watts of UHF does to a bee, you could say that I use the world’s most powerful bug zappers. The transmitter at Arecibo frequently fries birds. Every so often, somebody has to go out there with a sticky pad on the end of a stick and lift the debris off of the tertiary.

  17. carlie says

    I’m guessing he croaked upon landing.

    I can’t believe it took 42 comments to get to that one. ;)

  18. Ichthyic says

    …check out some of the posts on the link PZ gave.

    one of them has Rocket Frog leaving the explosion of the Hindenburg….

    coincidence? I THINK NOT!

  19. Lofty says

    Froggie must be alive, he just posted on the grenade thread, but his thoughts may be a little disordered.

  20. bbgunn says

    10
    9.8
    10
    10
    9.7
    9.9
    6.0 (from the Russian judge who thinks Mr. Amphibian didn’t stick the landing)

  21. Moggie says

    Ichthyic:

    …check out some of the posts on the link PZ gave.

    one of them has Rocket Frog leaving the explosion of the Hindenburg….

    Oh? I heard that that was a huge manatee…

  22. Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach says

    @ Jafafa Hots #14,

    That would be Space Bat. RIP Space Bat, 03/15/09, we will never forget you.

    Looking at this just reminds me of Kerbal Space Program. I’m sure that frog is making the same face my Kerbals made just before they went boom.

  23. mothra says

    Froggy went a courtin and he did ride, uh huh, uh huh.
    Froggy went a courtin and he did ride, uh huh, uh huh.
    Froggy tried to impress his bride,
    so he done jumped from his rocket ride, uh huh, uh huh

  24. timberwoof says

    First-approximation photogrammetry: Let’s assume the frog is ordinary-frog-sized, at most the size of a stairway riser. And let’s assume that the stairway we can see in that gantry tower is built to human scale. On my computer, the frog is about the size of the arrow cursor, and the cursor covers about four or five steps on the stairway. So I conclude the steps are about four or five times farther away from the camera than the frog. That makes the frog’s distance to the camera about 25-25% of the distance to the rocket.

    The tower is 18 fights of steps tall and there are 12 steps in each flight. If a step is 6″, then the tower is approximately 100 feet tall. The top story has distinctly different perspective; it looks like roughly a 45° angle of inclination, which puts the tower roughly 100 feet away from the camera. So the frog was ~20 feet away from the camera and ~80 feet from the rocket … but that needs adjustment for vertical angles, so the frog was probably farther away from the rocket when the picture was taken. But that says nothing about where it was when it got blasted.

    Time for a trip to Google Earth for aerial photograph and to NASA for dimensions on the tower. Then to Second Life to see if I can reproduce the geometry.

    I don’t think the frog got toasted. The rocket is hot, but there’s plastic bits and plants and stuff all over. We’d see big black toasty areas around all the launch sites.

  25. Ichthyic says

    one of the articles pointed out that the reason the frog was likely there to begin with, is that there is a small man made “lake” on top of the launchpad to protect it.

    it is quite possible the initial blast wave’s heat was dissipated by water, and the shockwave lifted the frog before it could be cooked.

    someone should go out there and look for it!

    ;)

  26. Ichthyic says

    …OK, I admit it, I was hoping to see a person-shape flying in front of the next blast wave.

    shame on me.

  27. anchor says

    Yeah – I bet it survived. If it had been killed outright by the initial blast it would not have had that nice angle of attack. It must have been thrown much higher and farther than 20 feet, though – more like several hundred yards. Landing safely would have been the main problem, but they’re pretty resilient.

  28. Doug Hudson says

    Even if Space Frog did die, in doing so he or she achieved immortality.

    AchillesSpace Frog, would you want to live a long life and die forgotten, or die young and be remembered forever?”