Lara Lor-Van was the wife of Kryptonian scientist Jor-El, the man who prophesied the destruction of Krypton. They had only enough time to together to create one Rocket large enough for their son Kal-El, who they sent to earth where he was discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent in Smallville, Kansas; this boy would grow up to become the great American super-hero known as Superman.
Some time ago, Lara was approached by her husband Jor-El while she was cradling their newborn son, Kal-El. Jor-El was trying to tell her it was time to send Kal-El away from Krypton before it exploded, but Lara refused to let her child go. Just then the planet began to erupt in a series of explosions, and Jor-El quickly had her place the child in the rocket he had created. Lara tried to ask him if the 'outsiders' would aid them but Jor-El told her they had turned their backs on Krypton.
Reluctantly, Lara placed a small kiss on her child's forehead before placing him in the rocket, telling him goodbye. As the rocket began to prepare to launch, Lara heard Kal-El's crying and desperately reached out for her child, forcing Jor-El to hold her back as Kal's ship launched and Krypton exploded moments later.