NASA photographer named as Bill Ingalls has posted a photo of his own Canon camera which was melted after a brush fire destroyed it. The bushfire was caused due to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 22nd, 2018. In this launch, SpaceX has taken the NASA’s twin GRACE-FO satellites and five Iridium NEXT communication satellites.
Veteran NASA photographer named as Bill Ingalls is not new to the rocket launches, but he was surprised when he found that his one of the remote cameras was melted in the fire which was sparked by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, but it still managed to snap the photos of the liftoff.
Bill Ingalls has set up his Canon EOS 5DS at a spot which proved to be the unlucky spot for him. He has placed his camera outside the pad perimeter from the launch site which has sparked the small bushfire and in this fire, it has cooked the camera. Ingalls said, “I had many other cameras much closer to the pad than this, and all are safe.” He said that luckily the SD cards which are present in the camera did n’t melt and he was able to access the final photos of the launch which was taken before the meltdown of the camera.
This meltdown camera is one of the six remote cameras that the photographer has used to set up in the bush to catch the beautiful launch of the Falcon 9 rockets. When the bushfire started, the firefighters were called, and they arrived at the Launchpad after the liftoff. When they are securing the site, a firefighter has found the camera and had waiting for the Ingalls to collect his remote cameras.
He said that this was the first time that Ingalls cameras have been melted during the rocket launch. He has been taking the snaps of the launches since 1989.
According to the Ingalls, he said, “Despite being melted, the camera still managed to do its job. In one photo, the camera snapped a single frame of the SpaceX Falcon 9 as it began to lift off. “At least [it] got a frame before the camera bit the dust. Then came the fire. The next photo clearly shows flames overtaking the camera. “Reason for the toasty remote camera.”