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Watch The Rocket Launch This Camera Died To Capture

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A different, less fiery angle of the rocket launch.

On May 22, NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up his Canon camera to capture footage of the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9.

He got the shot, sort of, but not before that very launch ignited a small brush fire that did the poor camera in for good.

Although this martyr of rocket photography has closed its shutter for the very last time, we’re all fortunate enough to be able to see the footage it died to bring us.




As Ingalls mentioned in a NASA feature on the melted camera, this particular setup was actually outside the safety perimeter for the Falcon launch. At a quarter mile away, it was actually the furthest of all six Ingalls had set up.

The flames creeping closer to the camera.

That distance did nothing to save it when a brush fire started in the vicinity, melting the camera’s body but leaving its memory card intact so we could see its last gaze.

The camera is set to be put on display in NASA’s Washington DC headquarters. A fitting resting place for a true hero.

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