NEW YORK (CNN) - Chimps have gone into space, dogs have gone into space, and now a frog almost went into space.
The photo of a frog sent flying by the blast-off was taken by a remote camera shooting the launch of a NASA mission that will orbit the moon to investigate moon dust. The launch happened next to a wildlife refuge in Virginia.
Photographers tracked the nighttime launch from as far away as New York City. Little did they know a frog would steal the show -- though maybe, it wasn't such a happy ending.
The question on everyone's mind, of course, is: Did the frog croak?
As NASA put it, "The condition of the frog is uncertain."
It's not easy being green. It's not easy being a space bat, either.
It's believed a bat that clung to a foam-covered fuel tank on the Space Shuttle Discovery may have had a broken wing. The bat was still there when the shuttle cleared the tower, but officials figure it died on the way into orbit.
A turkey vulture didn't even make it that far, as it collided with the shuttle's fuel tank.
The launch of a reusable rocket was enough to stampede a herd of cows. And a spider looked almost as if it were trying to hitch a ride on a shuttle.
Tributes to the unknown airborne frog came a leapin' from the Internet.
Outfitted like an astronaut, it got the send-off on Twitter, "Goodnight, sweet prince."
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" was invoked and rewritten: "Ground control to Major Frog." With a nod to Neil Armstrong, "This was one small step for a frog, one giant leap for frog kind."
Instead of "ribbit, ribbit," one witness said the frog's last words were "orbit, orbit."
A frog fan reaching for a happier alternate ending gave the little guy a parachute: the first "astroamphibian."
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