Having set up six remote cameras near Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E in Santa Barbara County, California, Ingalls was ready to chronicle the launch of NASA's twin GRACE-FO satellites, which were hitched on the back of a SpaceX rocket. Ingalls included a picture of the camera in his Facebook post along with the photos that it captured, including one while the camera was being burned.
The launch went off without a hitch, and the camera managed to capture it. It's the first camera he has lost during a launch, even though he's been snapping them since 1989, he told Tariq Malik at Space.com. And that's just what happened to NASA photographer Bill Ingalls this week when he shared a photo of his charred camera after it met a fiery doom.
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NASA photographer Bill Ingalls managed to capture unbelievable photographs during the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch during Tuesday, May 22.
But its memory cards survived the fire, and Mr Ingalls found it had continued to take photos "until its demise". As he explains on Facebook, the camera ended up that way because of a fire that broke out after the rocket departed.
But he discovered one DSLR, positioned outside the pad perimeter, melted.More news: 'Sesame Street' sues makers of Melissa McCarthy puppet movie
"Once the fire reached the camera, it was quickly engulfed. It could, which is how we can see the fire approaching the camera".
But despite being melted, the camera still managed to do its job. Still, much of the body looks like it's maybe (hopefully?) salvageable, depending on just how long it spent in the fire.
Ingalls reveals that the reason why the camera suffered such heavy damage was due to a small brush that started as a result of the rocket launch. It was later put out by firefighters, but by that time Ingall's camera had been utterly disfigured.More news: Democrats and Republicans briefed on Federal Bureau of Investigation source who aided Russian Federation probe
NASA officials said the "toasty" camera (as Ingalls calls it) will eventually be placed on display at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.