NASA's camera melted during Falcon rocket launch, but photos survived

This NASA Camera Melted During a SpaceX Rocket Launch But the

This NASA Camera Melted During a SpaceX Rocket Launch But the

While the launch went smoothly, it was an unfortunate day for one of Ingalls's cameras.

As said by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, The launch of the GPS III as per the planned date "has slipped due to ongoing SpaceX qualification testing and final engineering reviews by both SpaceX and the Air Force of Falcon 9 design changes".

"Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast (y)", wrote Ingalls on Facebook, with an obligatory sad face emoji.

The rocket was also carrying a pair of research satellites as part of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On, or GRACE-FO, mission. Bill Ingalls, NASA photographer has experienced this firsthand as he lost his valuable camera kit during the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

According to Ingalls, the biggest risk to a camera at a rocket launch is not actually flames but debris: pushing a rocket out into space can kick up a lot of rocks and stones that can fly out at high speeds and damage any cameras in the vicinity.

The next day, Ingalls shared photos of the melted camera, known as a remote, on Facebook. In one photo, the camera snapped a single frame of the SpaceX Falcon 9 as it began to lift off. Only one camera caught fire. This particular incident was unusual in the respect that the melted camera was not the closest on to the pad and Ingall had other cameras situated much closer than this one.

But despite being melted, the camera still managed to do its job.

Bill Ingalls, NASA veteran photographer, shares images of his "toasty" camera destroyed in the line of duty which left behind incredible snapshots from the GRACE-FO & Iridium NEXT satellite launch. The brush fire ultimately melted the camera, but its memory card was still accessible. It was later put out by firefighters, but by that time Ingall's camera had been utterly disfigured. It can be said that the camera kept on faithfully clicking the photos until the heat destroyed it.

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