Some of you may remember the heroic death of our dearly departed Spacebat. Some of you may still be grieving. NASA, however, has moved on to a new tragedy. Its latest victim? The most powerful goddamn jumping frog the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport has ever seen. RIP Spacetoad. You flew too high.
Last Friday, September 6, the Minotaur 5 rocket sent the LADEE spacecraft off in a burst of flame, but little did the astronauts know, there was one more crew member ready for blastoff — Spacetoad's Final Blastoff. We know he likely wandered in from the nearby "pool" for the high-volume water deluge system activated during launch, but the question of "why" will forever remain. Was it all a horrible accident? A cry for help? Did Spacetoad's addiction get the better of him as he constantly searched for that ever-elusive high(jump)?
It's impossible to know, so for now, remember Spacetoad as he was in his final blissful moment soaring through the air like a phoenix. Goodnight, sweet frog prince; and flights of spaceships sing thee to thy rest. [NBC News via Fark.com]