UFO hunters are having a field day, but animal rights advocates are complaining about the frog caught on a still photo leaping into the sky just as NASA's latest moon mission took off from Virginia last week.
To borrow a famous phrase, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for a..." frog? The photo here was taken by NASA as an unmanned lunar orbiter was launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Sept. 6.
NASA confirmed the photo is real, but can't vouch for the fate of the hapless amphibian.
On their official website, presumably to quell all the frog UFO talk, they say only, "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."
Still, plenty of animal lovers are decrying what they clearly consider frog abuse. NASA only assures that, "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."
Miss Piggy will be comforted to hear that.
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