SpaceX 9 Falcon launched successfully. But what happened?
Capturing photographs of rocket launches produces breathtaking views and amazing space pics, but one sure needs to know that it can also be hazardous to your equipment, or may be even fatal. If we ask NASA photographer Bill Ingalls, who captured the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch… well his camera to melted.
Apparently, the launch triggered a brushfire in the adjacent areas, which, as Ingalls mentioned on his Facebook page, is common for launches in the area. Local fire departments reached the spot and were able to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately, Ingalls camera could not be saved. “My cam was baked,” he said, sharing a photo of the melted Canon.
Inspite of the destroyed camera, the memory card was saved. Ingalls was able to access the card and share some of the most amazing and close-up images of the launch. Here we put them out for everyone.
The GRACE-FO satellites are said to be part of a $521 million project between NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. They will be used to measure the changes in the pull of gravity on Earth by checking whether the distance between the two satellites has changed while orbiting over areas of higher and lower mass. Data from the two satellites will also be used to monitor changes in water storage, ice sheets, and glaciers on Earth.
The successful launch (camera notwithstanding) is just the start of SpaceX launches slated for this summer. A second Falcon Heavy launch is set to take place in June.