SpaceX sent out Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule to deliver cargo to the International Space Station for NASA, but what was about to happen was least anticipated. The incident took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base where NASA’S GRACE Satellites were being launched on 22nd of May.
Photographer Bill Ingalls who has been capturing such historic moments had no idea of what was about to happen to his priceless or better say pricey Cannon when he set it up in a grassy area. His device for capturing moments itself got transformed into a monument while he arranged six cameras to record the launch from different perspectives. And why would he even think about it?
During a spacecraft’s launch, everybody is bothered about the rocket, and every precaution is taken to make it successful. Days of hard work, sleepless nights, ample of calculations and projections, and what not is done to create a space mission successful. The same was the case this time but what became the highlight was not the spacecraft but the camera.
Yes, you read it right, a camera. This camera which is probably dead now holds reputation no less than that of a martyr. The fault of this camera was just that it was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, we need to reconsider the wrong position. Photographer Bill Ingalls is a pro and wanted to capture a beautiful view of the launch. Hence he placed cameras at different points. But call it bad luck or what the rocket’s departure probably doomed the camera which was farthest from the launchpad.
It is hard to understand if the incident was tragic or hilarious. The camera is being mourned for since the images it was going to shoot were going to be ‘one of it’s kind.’ However, not everything got erased, but it’s human to think that there could have been more. Contrary to that no one understands how it could get destroyed while other cameras which were quite close to the fire remained unscratched.
‘With the rocket on fire, the camera got blazing due to a brush fire and met its end.’ It was amongst the other five cameras capturing the history, and at least anybody knew that it would itself become a news.
Astonishing enough, the camera did shoot the launch correctly until it got trapped in a grass fire that came out of nowhere and met its fate. Although the camera will be placed in a display at NASA’s headquarters at Washington, DC. As a memory of the event, thus it can be said that it just got lucky.