Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

NASA Photographer Bill Ingalls's camera after it was caught in brushfire caused by the launch of the NASA/German GRACE-FO from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 22, 2018. Now, NASA has shared the specifics of what happened.

A NASA photographer set up a bunch of cameras to capture a Space-X launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The camera captured its own demise and people got a chance to view the images captured by it as the memory card was found to be intact.

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On May 22, a SpaceX rocket launch left one poor, seemingly high-end camera horribly disfigured and forever ruined.

"NASA photographer Bill Ingalls has been shooting for the agency for 30 years". When the rocket launched, the resulting blast started a fire that quickly spread out beyond the boundaries of the launch zone.

He had six cameras, with a second remote camera outside the perimeter and four more inside the perimeter. The body started to melt.

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This past Tuesday, an otherwise routine launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sparked a viral sensation by also sparking a grass fire that utterly destroyed a nearby NASA camera. Firefighters reported to the scene to put out the fire, who then met Ingalls where he returned to the site. As the camera is overwhelmed by the inferno, its plastic casing is seen melting over the lens until the camera stops recording.

The GRACE-FO mission stands for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On, and is a collaboration between the USA and German Research Centre for Geosciences. Recognizing the camera was destroyed, Ingalls forced open the body to see if its memory card could be salvaged.

Thankfully, it is not the end for the piece of kit, which will receive posthumous glory as it is likely to be displayed at the NASA headquarters in Washington DC.

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The mission includes two identical satellites that will reportedly function as a "single instrument" as they orbit Earth about 137 miles apart from each other.

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