This leaping frog was captured by NASA’s remote cameras set up for the launch last week on September 6, 2013 from the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The Minotaur V rocket was launching the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) spacecraft.
The spaceport is located in a 3,000 acre wildlife refuge, so it’s not surprising to find frogs and other animals in the area. NASA writes:
“But how is it possible for wildlife to peacefully coexist with space operations and what effects do rocket launches have on wildlife? NASA’s launch facilities, roads, and facilities take up a small percentage of the area. The rest of the area remains undeveloped and provides excellent habitat for wildlife. During launches, short term disturbance occurs in the immediate vicinity of the launch pads, but the disturbance is short-lived allowing space launches and a wildlife habitat to coexist.”
Really incredible timing… Read more at Universe Today