Rocket Frog is old news, meet Rocket Armadillo

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There's a veritable animal apocalypse happening out at the world's launch sites. Last week we told you about an unfortunate frog that got blown skywards by a Minotaur V rocket. This time 'round it's an armadillo who — in the confusion of an Atlas V launch — ran directly into the blast wave.

It all unraveled this morning at Cape Canaveral during the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHG-3) communications satellite into orbit. The video was caught on GoPro camera by Matthew Travis.

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In the video below, the armadillo, a species common to much of the southern U.S., can be seen scurrying (rather quickly) from right to left during the rocket launch. It all happens at the 0:24 mark. You may want to embiggen the video and select HD for best results.

I also put together these screen grabs:

Illustration for article titled Rocket Frog is old news, meet Rocket Armadillo
Illustration for article titled Rocket Frog is old news, meet Rocket Armadillo
Illustration for article titled Rocket Frog is old news, meet Rocket Armadillo
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[H/t Universe Today]

Related: A Brief History of Animals and Rocket Launches Not Getting Along & Watch as SpaceX's Grasshopper scares the crap out of a herd of cattle.

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charlesengasser
Charles Engasser

Armadillo's are seriously the Mr. Magoo of the animal world. I have them all over the place here, and their entire ability to survive is completely dependent on their hearing.

If you're quiet enough and you don't stomp your feet, you can just calmly walk right up to one and pick it up. They just shake and grunt like pigs.