NatGeo’s Photo of the Day: Lions, Serengeti
A frog has photobombed the launch of Nasa’s LADEE space rocket, currently on its way to the Moon.
The poor animal was caught on camera silhouetted against the roar of the engines.
The LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) lifted off from the Wallops facility in Virginia on Friday.
The £180 million mission will study the thin atmosphere that surrounds the Moon for about 100 days before making a planned crash on the Lunar surface.
Nasa has confirmed the picture of the amphibian caught in the midst of the launch is genuine, and has not been doctored.
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Colony of salps Pegea confederata by Alexander Semenov
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Image by J. L. Klein and M. L. Hubert
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