VANDENBERG AFB, California (FOX 13) – A remote camera for NASA was destroyed by flames and ended up recording her own death.
Bill Ingalls is a photographer at the agency for 30 years. The fiery death of the camera occurred on the day of a SpaceX missile launch that carried spacecraft for the GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) mission, a collaborative project between NASA and Germany. Ingalls explained that he has six remote cameras, two outside a launch pad security area and four inside.
"Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that blew one of the cameras out of the perimeter," he said in a NASA press release.
The captured video from the now-fused camera can see the vegetation glow after launch The body of the camera began to melt and was destroyed, but the memory card
The four cameras inside the perimeter were undamaged, according to NASA, the damaged camera was the farthest from the launch pad , about a quarter mile away, and the camera is most likely placed at NASA headquarters in Washington DC