NASA's camera melted during Falcon rocket launch, but photos survived: It's a miracle
New Delhi : Just look at the image, the burnt area of a camera after shooting a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch earlier this week. Despite the blast, the photographs taken by this DSLR survived and it’s simply surprising.
The DSLR, worth Rs 2 lakh belongs to a NASA photographer Bill Ingalls, and he said the damage occurred during the latest SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Tuesday. Ingalls shared a photo of his ruined camera on his Facebook account and said, "Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast."
However, if you think that the heat from the rocket launch has melted the entire storage in the camera, then you are wrong. Scientists have recovered the photographs from the camera’s memory card and glance at the picture will make you realise how far away it was placed.
Scientists say that the heat from the launch ignited a brush fire around the launch site, as often happens during rocket launches. Ingall had installed cameras in other areas placed closer to the launch that survived without a scratch. This particular one just happened to be in the middle of the area that went up in flames. By the time firefighters put out the flame, the camera was already ruined.
The burnt NASA’s camera is from the house of Canon 5DS DSLR which costs a whopping Rs 2,19,000. It can be said that the camera kept on faithfully clicking the photos until the heat destroyed it. It is actually miraculous equipment, worth-used by the scientists.