'Uncertain condition' for frog in NASA 'photobomb'

A frog is thrown into the air during a rocket launch in Virginia last week. Credit: Rex/NASA

NASA has confirmed that a picture of an unfortunate frog 'photobombing' a recent rocket launch is a genuine image.

The creature appears to have been thrown into the air during the take-off of a LADEE spacecraft from Virginia last weekend.

It is thought the frog may have been resting in a water pool on the launch pad designed to suppress noise and physical damage.

"The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch," said a spokesperson.

"The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."