Renowned NASA photographer Bill Ingalls placed a remote DSLR camera too close to the launch pad during the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch yesterday. When he went back to retrieve the camera, this is what he found.
The $3,500 Canon 5DS DSLR and pricey L lens used for the close-up had gotten melted by the intense heat.
“Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). Sigh,” Ingalls writes. “And yes, it made pix until its demise.”
Ingalls did manage to retrieve photos from the memory card on the camera, including this frame that the camera had captured prior to its death with the wide-angle lens (which makes objects in the frame appear farther than they are):
The camera also managed to capture this last photo showing the flames that were responsible for melting the camera:
Earlier this year, rocket launch photographer John Kraus also ruined a lens when he placed his remote camera just 300 feet from the Atlas V rocket launch. But even Kraus was impressed by how much damage this camera took.
Never seen one melted to this extent
— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) May 23, 2018
Image credits: Photographs by NASA/Bill Ingalls