Rocket Frog

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.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article

More in: