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Recently released footage has revealed that an unexpected traveler hitched a ride during the launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) rocket last Friday. A dramatic photo published to the space agency's Instagram feed on Thursday depicts LADEE hurtling into the sky atop a column of flame – and …

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I can see the Reddit posts already

My "meme-o-metre" is going crazy!

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Great disguise for an alien....

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Re: I can see the Reddit posts already

> My "meme-o-metre" is going crazy!

Unless you have a 100cm device for detecting memes, I presume that would be a meme-o-meter :)

And why is the headline "hitches ride on... rocket" when it clearly didn't?

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Re: I can see the Reddit posts already

Countdown to photoshop of Nic Cage's head on the frog in 3... 2... 1...

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Re: I can see the Reddit posts already

'Reddit, reddit, reddit!" *melt*

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Re: I can see the Reddit posts already

Check out the rocket launch, they said.

It'll be fun, they said.

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I know Miss Piggy gets a bit over bearing at times Kermit, but trying to hitch a lift to the moon for some peace and quiet is a little extreme!

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Pigs In Spaaaace!

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Am I the first...

to think of something green going into space and then the word "Kerbal"?

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The Far Side

Life imitating art, close enough.

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OK, I'll jump

One small jump for a frog, one giant leap for anurankind...

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One happened to die so many could live

Poor little croaker - was in exactly the wrong place at precisely the wrong time.

All his buddies, however, are VERY well protected. I'm just a few miles from KSC in Florida, which is 219 square miles (570 km sq) surrounded by high fences and is a national security area. The wildlife there is amazing - nobody comes in to hunt or otherwise bother the gators, deer, or anything else. After all, if someone enters the KSC grounds carrying a rifle, they're likely to be met by F-16s and Apache attack helicopters. Saying they were just hunting wild pigs isn't going to get them off the hook, either.

KSC takes security *very* seriously, and the wildlife benefits greatly.

(Yeah, I know this was at Wallops Island, Virginia, but the same security applies there.)

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Re: One happened to die so many could live

if someone enters the KSC grounds carrying a rifle, they're likely to be met by F-16s and Apache attack helicopters

Sounds like the perfect place for a school...

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Re: One happened to die so many could live

As I recall, they also have secondary fences in place to keep the larger wildlife away from the operational areas, such as the assembly building, roadway to the launch pads, the launch pads, etc.

But, fences only work against larger wildlife, birds fly over and frogs swim and jump through or under.

Still, with those large eardrums, it *had* to have heard the warnings, then the countdown... ;)

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Re: One happened to die so many could live

I happen to know of areas that are even more heavily secured with the listed weapons and more that have schools on them.

They're called military installations.

They also have heavy restrictions on who can carry what weapon where.

Such as only the military police can rove about carrying firearms. Training military are only armed in the training areas, far from the habitation and administrative areas of the installation.

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Re: One happened to die so many could live

Given what happened in Washington after you posted this i think I will stick with NASA for now.

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So if pictures from LADEE are disappointing....

It's because the camera lenses are all frogged up??

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That is clearly a Jihadi parachutist. Likely his mission was to hijack the rocket and use it in a Hating Freedom offensive. Due to an unexpected security delay at Dulles he missed his Glorious Mission commuter connection and had to take a later flight. A flight that was too late.

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Communicating with the rocket via Kermit?

That's so 1980s!

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Re: Communicating with the rocket via Kermit?

Wow! You are ancient!

I thought that *I*, one of the last ancients was the only one to remember kermit, how to initiate a transfer, etc. ;)

Footnote (bootnote):

Yes, I really *am* older than dirt. I was with the Celestial Engineer Corps on the first Great Earth Dirt Delivery Project.

At least it feels that way in the morning.

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Re: Communicating with the rocket via Kermit?

Damn, I forgot I was that old

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Maybe he made it to the moon

One small step for man, one giant leap for frogkind

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Re: Maybe he made it to the moon

Nah. It as a tea party frog, who was overheard to exclaim, "They ain't interferin with *my* liberties with those BS warnings! I have a *right* to be where my tax dollars are wasted!"

It also rambled on about second amendment rights and remedies, waved around a cheap AR-15 for a bit.

Reports are that the AR vaporized when struck by sunlight.

Or maybe it was superheated water from the main engine.

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Ouch

Once you pass the Kermit point, there's no going back....

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Miss Piggy?

Did she slap him with a rocket taking off in the background for the not selfie photo? Get forensics on the case right now!

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Poikilothermic not cold-blooded

I seriously doubt this particular frog at this particular moment was cold-blooded.

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Doubt that it was hot blooded.

It was in a classic falling frog stance.

Seriously.

That is how frogs spread out when falling.

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Finally a clear and convincing image as evidence of the long rumored connection between "reptoids" and the US government space program. Busted!

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FAIL

amphibious

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Crunchy Frog!

certainly.

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Rocket is pointed the wrong way

As any Quake player knows its more normal to point the rocket at the ground when doing rocket jumps.

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Not the first time

Does nobody here remember Space Bat?

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exactly my thought too.. I was surprised spacebat didn't feature in the article.

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Re: Not the first time

I've just been shown this by a colleague..

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Kermit, come back!

Miss Piggy promises fewer karate chops!

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And in our next instalment...

Pigs In Spaaaaaace!

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I dont know! They are barely back on the "Best, Best Friend" list and already they are cadging lifts on US rockets!!

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We've never lost an American frog in space

........, we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch. Frog failure is not an option!

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It'll be fun, they said...

Tease the witch, they said.

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Was'nt

there a seagull that got the pointy end of a space shuttle up its bum a few years ago?

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Re: Was'nt

Turkey vulture I believe...

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"As much fire as that rocket is putting out"

not cold-blooded anymore then

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Hey Ma

... I can see your house from here!

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But I want to know.. Did he croak?

it was Green, but not a Martian I saw on that rocket.....

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"it was Green, but not a Martian I saw on that rocket....."

Hulk exile.

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A-frog-dizzy-ac

Rockets turn frogs on? (But more probably off...)

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We'd all jump that high

If a bloody rocket launched just behind us

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Re: We'd all jump that high

But it would have been funnier with a cow. What am I drinking, cows are supposed to fall from the sky. Suicidal frog, trying to find the IT angle. Poor bastard.

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"Suicidal frog, trying to find the IT angle. Poor bastard."

Animal trying to find the IT angle. See Dilbert.

Oh, wait...

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Mais attendez!

'Ad it been launched 'ere at the ESA facility in French Guiana, we would be eating well this evening!

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