AN UNSUSPECTING FROG has found itself suddently thrown into the air, and into the greater consciousness, after hitching a perhaps unfortunate ride on a Nasa rocket exhaust plume.
The frog, and we do not know its name, was frozen in time in a Nasa photograph with its legs outstretched and reaching for the heavens.
We do not know if the frog survived the photo shoot, or where it ended up. Nasa said that its condition is uncertain. We aren't gambling people, but if any Mrs Frog is reading this and wondering where her husband is, we can only offer our sympathies.
The frog was caught up in the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) satellite, and the speculation is that it was resting in a water pool designed to cool the rocket booster exhaust.
It is perhaps the worst decision that a frog has ever made since one went around France telling people that it tasted like chicken.
Nasa said that the photo is real, and it does look a bit like a man in a suit. "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," it said to the Universe Today website. "The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."
If he is out there he should be on the lookout for a bat that flies with a limp. The so-called Launch Bat was photographed in 2009 clinging onto the side of the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank. The two should have a lot to talk about. µ