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2012-09-09 09:35:38 AM  
Hello my baby
Hello my honey
Hello my ragtime gal
 
2012-09-09 09:57:23 AM  
Poor little thing was flippering out
 
2012-09-09 09:58:41 AM  
Yes, that's what the experiment was for. To giggle at a flailing frog.
 
2012-09-09 10:08:03 AM  
France ascenders?
 
2012-09-09 10:43:09 AM  

mysticcat: Hello my baby
Hello my honey
Hello my ragtime gal


+1
 
2012-09-09 10:46:06 AM  
The next mission should have been:

PIIIIIGS INNNN SPAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!


/kermy was the trail blazer
 
2012-09-09 11:08:47 AM  
If cartwheeling frogs in zero-g is wrong, I don't want to be right.
 
2012-09-09 11:15:11 AM  
Better than wasting it on bailouts and bombing the middle east
 
2012-09-09 11:18:19 AM  
Worth it, every penny worth it.
 
2012-09-09 11:18:47 AM  
SCIENCE!
 
2012-09-09 11:25:09 AM  
I showed the video to my wife. Her reaction: "The poor frog! That's so sad."

Women just don't get science.
 
2012-09-09 11:35:42 AM  
The comments on the youtube page are pretty funny.

/Slippy! I've been hit!
 
2012-09-09 11:39:32 AM  
Well, all the comments I wanted to make have been made ... So proud of the Sunday Fark crowd
 
2012-09-09 11:42:04 AM  
Im glad the frog did not croak!
/original
 
2012-09-09 11:43:07 AM  

expobill: Im glad the frog did not croak!
/original


In space, no one can hear you... croak.
 
2012-09-09 11:48:36 AM  
I found that video RIBBITTING
 
2012-09-09 11:52:27 AM  
You know that dog translator from up? This would be the perfect time for a frog translator.

"I sure hope there are some tasty flies a....Ooooooh what the helll! Nature has forsaken me! Im going to hurl! I am noiw zigzagging, I hope no giant frog mistakes me for a fly!I would do anything for a stick and a leaf and some gravity to simulate what I am used to."
 
2012-09-09 11:55:11 AM  
I'm all for funding NASA, and I have no problems with animal research that actually does something. That said, what exactly does having a frog bashing itself into walls teach us?


Seems about as funny as the Dusty the Cat video.
 
2012-09-09 11:56:44 AM  
HAIL ANTS FROGS
 
2012-09-09 12:03:31 PM  
Froggy went a courtin' in Zero-G and didn't like it. Not one bit.
 
2012-09-09 12:05:18 PM  
I really want to see a cat in space. Like, a montage of him in space long enough to figure out how to not freak out.
 
2012-09-09 12:06:10 PM  

OnlyM3: I'm all for funding NASA, and I have no problems with animal research that actually does something. That said, what exactly does having a frog bashing itself into walls teach us?

Seems about as funny as the Dusty the Cat video.


Frogs ....in .... SPACE
We only have this clip because it's the "funny" part.
 
2012-09-09 12:06:14 PM  

OnlyM3: I'm all for funding NASA, and I have no problems with animal research that actually does something. That said, what exactly does having a frog bashing itself into walls teach us?


I took my son to the Kennedy Space Center a couple weeks ago during a vacation. We took part in the "Lunch with an Astronaut" and the astronaut, John Blaha, talked about some of the things he did while in space (he flew in five Shuttle missions, spent time on Mir and came back to Earth on a sixth Shuttle).

He spoke about how a lot of research on Earth is stalled because the gravity we have messes up experiments - if the researchers could understand how something acted without gravity, they would be able to fill in gaps in their research models, eliminate steps that might lead nowhere and more confidently plan their next steps on Earth.

These experiments would be sent to the ISS or up in the Shuttle (whatever was available at the time). The lack of gravity causes the experiment to act in a way that gives them the answer they need to continue the research successfully on Earth.

Of course, Mr. Blaha explained it much more clearly, with video examples.
 
2012-09-09 12:13:44 PM  

OnlyM3: I'm all for funding NASA, and I have no problems with animal research that actually does something. That said, what exactly does having a frog bashing itself into walls teach us?


Seems about as funny as the Dusty the Cat video.


Life sciences. It's hard to get into space, and if we're going to be spending time there we have to understand the effects of microgravity, or no gravity, or radiation, on all kinds of organisms. Frogs are small and convienent. As to what they expected to learn, that depends entirely on the kinds of tests they did.

Learn about the frog embryology experiment flown onboard the Space Shuttle for the purpose of studying the adaptive development of living organisms to the microgravity environment --From NASA.gov
 
2012-09-09 12:16:05 PM  

Nontentional: I really want to see a cat in space.


It would look something like this.
 
2012-09-09 12:17:29 PM  

Tickle Mittens: OnlyM3: I'm all for funding NASA, and I have no problems with animal research that actually does something. That said, what exactly does having a frog bashing itself into walls teach us?


Seems about as funny as the Dusty the Cat video.

Life sciences. It's hard to get into space, and if we're going to be spending time there we have to understand the effects of microgravity, or no gravity, or radiation, on all kinds of organisms. Frogs are small and convienent. As to what they expected to learn, that depends entirely on the kinds of tests they did.

Learn about the frog embryology experiment flown onboard the Space Shuttle for the purpose of studying the adaptive development of living organisms to the microgravity environment --From NASA.gov


I kind of wonder what the frog does when it's not being handled and filmed. Does it just bounce around its little plastic habitat? Does it ever adjust to zero gravity?
 
2012-09-09 12:17:35 PM  
that was not a happy froggy.
 
2012-09-09 12:25:18 PM  

OnlyM3: I'm all for funding NASA, and I have no problems with animal research that actually does something. That said, what exactly does having a frog bashing itself into walls teach us?


If you are ever going to terraform a planet in the future, you'll need to bring some animals with you. It's best to find out now how animals hold up to the G-forces presented with leaving the Earth's atmosphere and what affect to their bodies prolonged Zero-G exposure presents. It doesn't hurt to do silly experiments in the meantime.
 
2012-09-09 12:36:26 PM  
i.space.com
 
2012-09-09 12:39:20 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Poor little thing was flippering out


/golf clap
 
2012-09-09 12:49:55 PM  

dead: The next mission should have been:

PIIIIIGS INNNN SPAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!


/kermy was the trail blazer


Came here for the pig reference, leaving fuzzy and warm...

/First thing I thought of when I saw the headline.
 
2012-09-09 12:57:03 PM  
It would be interesting to see how a frog behaves if it developed in zero gravity.
 
2012-09-09 01:22:03 PM  

wingedkat: It would be interesting to see how a frog behaves if it developed in zero gravity.


Well except that it was microgravity, that's what you saw.
 
2012-09-09 01:33:26 PM  
They are just copying the muppets.

mwctoys.com
 
2012-09-09 02:27:32 PM  
That cat was hilarious
 
2012-09-09 02:54:50 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Nontentional: I really want to see a cat in space.

It would look something like this.


it looks like they are just enjoying flinging a cat at a wall.
 
2012-09-09 03:03:10 PM  
I expected it to whizz all over the place.

As children; we'd pick them up...first thing they'd do was piss. Eventually I just quit picking them up.
 
2012-09-09 03:08:45 PM  
That was a good one!!

Thanks, subby.
 
2012-09-09 03:36:31 PM  

Eps05: Ivo Shandor: Nontentional: I really want to see a cat in space.

It would look something like this.

it looks like they are just enjoying flinging a cat at a wall.


I'm guessing the cat was declawed otherwise that cat would've shredded everyone and everything within scratching distance. I imagine they didn't want kitty ripping out all the wires and equipment.
 
2012-09-09 03:53:09 PM  
My favorite frog-floating technology is still the giant magnet. [link]
 
2012-09-09 04:02:02 PM  
"Hi-ho! It's full of stars!"
 
2012-09-09 04:11:30 PM  
I was expecting the frog to turn to the camera and yell, "Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Loretta Swit! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!!!"
 
2012-09-09 04:18:02 PM  

Nontentional: I really want to see a cat in space. Like, a montage of him in space long enough to figure out how to not freak out.


I Can Has Gravity? 

/nah, they still freaked out
 
2012-09-09 04:35:51 PM  
th03.deviantart.net

Still testing
 
2012-09-09 04:52:53 PM  

Sczi: Better than wasting it on bailouts and bombing the middle east

 
2012-09-09 05:17:40 PM  
I never thought O would string these words together in this sequence, but I'm jealous of that frog.
 
2012-09-09 05:18:15 PM  
*I
 
2012-09-09 06:27:13 PM  

Eps05: Nontentional: I really want to see a cat in space.

It would look something like this.

it looks like they are just enjoying flinging a cat at a wall.


Nah, those are soft tosses. It really looks like they're testing the righting reflex. There's no direction for the cat to orient itself with, so the reflex fails miserably. Either the cat got its paws in front from the start, or it tumbles fiercely in mid-air. In fact, our knowledge of how they determine which way is "down" was probably found in part with that very experiment.

Tears-down-my-face hilarious, but I also see the science behind it.
 
2012-09-09 07:20:18 PM  
Video looks like Quantum Apostrophe trying to argue against space programs in yet another space thread. Lots of flailing around and worrying about death.
 
2012-09-09 07:31:06 PM  

Nontentional: I really want to see a cat in space. Like, a montage of him in space long enough to figure out how to not freak out.


Imagine the R&D budget for a zero-G litter box.
 
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