On May 22, a SpaceX rocket launch left a poor, seemingly high-end camera, horribly disfigured and ruined forever. Now NASA has shared the details of what happened.
Bill Ingalls, the space and aviation authority photographer, was the one who was tasked that day to capture the launch. But even his 30 years of experience could not have prevented that fateful day.
This is the view of Ingalls lovingly deceased camera that (as you can see in the photo above) is a model of high-end Canon DSLR.
It's not that Ingalls does not know his business. He was ready to fire that day and in a room where he was shot before. He had set up several cameras, and this was actually the furthest from the launch pad.
So what happened to the melting of this very expensive piece of equipment?
"I had six remote controls, two outside the launch pad and four inside," Ingalls said in a post on the NASA website. "Unfortunately, the launch triggered a grass fire that triggered one of the cameras outside the perimeter."
Blame is the heavy brush around the camera. When the rocket started, the explosion started a fire that spread quickly across the frontier zone. As you can see in the photo below, the camera was actually surrounded by a fire hazard.
Incredibly, as Ingalls finally opened and opened his forever-destroyed camera, he found that the memory card remained intact. That's why we have the beautiful GIF on top that shows the death of a single camera first-hand. R.I.P., Bill Ingalls Canon. We hardly know it.
It's not clear where the destroyed camera will go next, but Ingalls suggests it's likely to be on display at NASA's headquarters in Washington