NASA explains how one of its cameras melted during rocket launch

31 May, 2018, 09:21 | Author: Sherry Houston
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"NASA photographer Bill Ingalls has been shooting for the agency for 30 years".

When the photo of Ingalls' charred camera first started making the rounds, most reports stated that the camera was placed too close to the launchpad (we initially shared this explanation as well before Ingalls clarified it for us).

For those wondering about the four cameras on the inside of the camera, NASA reports that those, of course, were unharmed while the damaged one was one of the furthest away from the launch at about a quarter-mile away.

"Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that toasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter", he added. The body started to melt.

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NASA Photographer Bill Ingalls's remote camera setup before the NASA/German GRACE-FO launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 22, 2018. When Ingalls returned to the site, firefighters were waiting to greet him.

A NASA photographer was able to salvage a camera's memory card and watch the final moments before the device was engulfed in flames while filming a launch at a California air base.

Ingalls' "Toasty" camera will likely be displayed at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, the space agency said. Meanwhile, Ingalls is preparing to travel to Kazakhstan where he will document the June 3 landing of the International Space Station's Expedition 55 crew. "This was result of a small brush fire, which is not unheard of from launches, and was extinguished by fireman, albeit, after my cam was baked". NASA released the fiery footage that showed the plastic casing melting over the lens until it stops recording. However, it was surrounded by vegetation that caught fire from the booster's ignition, which spread beyond the boundaries of the launch zone.


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