Rocket launch ignites brush fire, burns NASA camera

A NASA camera melted after it was engulfed in flames from a brush fire

A NASA camera melted after it was engulfed in flames from a brush fire

SpaceX launched two new Earth-observing satellites for NASA and five commercial communications satellites for Iridium on a used Falcon 9 rocket in a ride-share mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday.

But the launch started a brush fire, which as you can see, overtakes and melts the camera, which kept on taking pictures until the very end.

The damaged camera was one of the furthest from the pad, a quarter of a mile away. Footage released by NASA shows several frames of smoke rising from the launch site before orange flames begin to singe nearby vegetation and creep toward the camera.

But it wasn't completely destroyed - it was sturdy enough that the memory card managed to survive the flames, and the camera recorded the fire the entire time. He had six cameras, with a second remote camera outside the perimeter and four more inside the perimeter.

Moments later, the camera was engulfed in flames, as exhibited in one final image (which, in my opinion, is just as awe-inspiring as the others).

Interestingly, the four cameras inside the supposedly risky perimeter were totally fine.

The launch went off without a glitch, but a fire sparked by the launch destroyed a camera which belonged to NASA photographer Bill Ingalls.

That's the view from Ingalls dearly departed camera, which appears to be (as you can see in the photo up top) some model of high-end Canon DSLR.

NASA said in a blog post that the melted camera will likely be put on display at its headquarters in Washington. Credit: NASA/Bill IngallsOne of the last shots taken by the NASA camera.

If you're planning to watch a rocket launch this summer (and I highly suggest you do), do not forget to bring plenty of snacks, a book, and flame-resistant clothing.

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