A week ago, one NASA camera fell victim of the launch of the latest SpaceX rocket. The emissions of the launch reached the camera and melted it, even if it was placed in a relatively safe position. Now, the photographer in question decided to reveal what had actually happened to his equipment.
The SpaceX launch melted a camera
On May 22nd, SpaceX launched another rocket in space. NASA couldn’t miss this event, so the agency sent one of its photographers to immortalize the moment. Bill Ingalls was the one who received this task, but the event turned against him and his camera.
Ingalls has over 30 years of experience, but all his measures of precaution weren’t enough to save the melted camera. The model of the equipment was a Canon DSLR, so his owner must have really mourned its loss. However, it’s nothing he did wrong that brought such an outcome.
Ingalls knew really well what he had to do, as he is far from being an amateur. He set up a really complex equipment to catch the launch on tape, and the melted camera was actually in the furthest point from the rocket. At first, the event baffled everyone, but NASA decided to clarify the situation.
What actually happened to the melted camera?
Even if it was far away from the launch pad, the melted camera was really close to a bush. At the moment of the launch, a fire started right beyond the start point. Since this area was surrounded by bushes and grass, it spread rapidly. This way, the fire reached the camera in no time and melted it.
However, the melted camera itself played an important role in the revealing of the mystery. Soon after the launch, Ingalls went to retrieve his equipment and found this particular tool destroyed. It was no longer functional but, after opening it, he found its memory card in a perfect state. This way, Ingalls could produce a GIF of the fire spreading from the launch spot.
The melted camera is now of no use for any photographer. However, Ingalls said he wouldn’t just throw it away. Most probably, NASA will use it as a museum exhibit. Therefore, it might go on display at the agency’s headquarters in Washington DC.
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