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Rocket Frog

by Abby Zimet

The full version of a hapless frog catapulted into the air by the successful launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) Mission to the Moon. Apart from being an amazing photo, it strikes us as an uncanny metaphor for the space program, the military industrial complex of which it's a part, and the impact and priorities of both. Officials confirm that the photo, taken by a NASA remote camera at Friday's launch at the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia, is legit, which, depending on your perspective, may be more than can be said for the $263 million mission. No word on the fate of the frog.