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Camera literally melts during rocket launch

Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

The extremely expensive camera ended up a little worse for wear. Image Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls
Veteran NASA photographer Bill Ingalls lost one of his cameras in a freak accident earlier this month.
Having been assigned the task of photographing a Falcon 9 rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 22nd, Ingalls had set up his cameras as he'd done dozens of times before.

As the rocket careened in to the sky however, this particular camera, which was ironically furthest from the launch pad, got caught in a grass fire that had been sparked by the heat of the launch.

Images showing the charred remains of the camera soon went viral on social media.

"I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside," said Ingalls. "Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that toasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter."

A slideshow showing the fire that ultimately destroyed the camera can be viewed below.

Source: Mashable | Comments (6)

Tags: NASA, Launch, Camera

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by MyOtherAccount on 30 May, 2018, 4:57
I wish I had an assortment of Canon Cameras like that one!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Fila on 31 May, 2018, 0:02
I'm glad it literally melted.., and not metaphorically.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ShadowSot on 31 May, 2018, 0:11
In the words of my great uncle "Woopsie Poopsie"†
Comment icon #4 Posted by ChrLzs on 31 May, 2018, 0:30
That'll buff out..
Comment icon #5 Posted by UFOwatcher on 31 May, 2018, 14:37
Nice to get the full story. Some websites are implying it was the rocket engine that melted the camera and say nothing about a grass fire. Looking for link clicks.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 31 May, 2018, 14:44
Bill Ingalls is a hugely experienced and brilliant photographer of space launches. To even imply that he would be so unprofessional as to place a camera close enough to a launching vehicle so as to destroy the camera is, quite frankly, an insult to him.

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