Baikonur Gopher lives in Kazakhstan and builds tunnels under the steppe. Baikonur Gopher is intensely curious, and wants to know why someone left a perfectly nice GoPro just sitting in the dirt. Baikonur Gopher is not particularly concerned with the rail lines leading to the massive Proton rocket in the background, even when large pieces of equipment roll across said rail lines.
I tweeted about Baikonur Gopher, and as of this morning, about 12,000 additional people have met the pleasant little rodent. For comparison, one of my preceding tweets about the Space Launch System was seen by about 200 people.
Therefore, I must give the masses what they want. I must give them Baikonur Gopher, and all the other creatures that co-inhabit rocket launch sites around the world.
These Texas cows were grazing in the field, minding their own business, when a reusable rocket technology demonstrator roared to life in their backyard. I bet cows in Oklahoma don’t have to put up with this nonsense.
1. Wallops Frog
Wallops Frog is the clear winner. It’s one thing to be in the general vicinity of a rocket launch; it’s quite another to climb into the flame trench of a Minotaur rocket. If only we could all leave this world as spectacularly as Wallops Frog, silhouetted against a fiery cloud for one final moment of glory.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility / Chris Perry
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