Molten NASA camera’s memory survives fire, starts dramatic fiery last moments

A NASA camera melted, after it was engulfed by flames from a brush fire.


A NASA photographer was able to rescue from a camera, memory card and watch the last moments before the device was enveloped in flames during the filming of a launch on a California air base.

Old NASA photographer Bill Ingalls wanted to shoot the launch of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE-FO, at Vandenberg Air Force Base last Tuesday, and six cameras around the launch pad, the agency wrote in a blog post Friday.

“I had six remote controls, two outside the launch pad security perimeter, and four within,” Ingalls said. “Unfortunately, the start of a grass fire roasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter.”

What Really Happened to that Molten NASA Camera?

— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) 25 May 2018

The camera was placed on a quarter of a mile away from the starting point, the farthest location, was engulfed in the flames of the brush fire, destroying the device on the body in the process. Ingalls back to the site to hope that there is a salvageable piece of the “toasty” camera.

The memory card has not only survived the fire, but also captured the last moments of the flames approaching the area and slowing down the melting of the lens. NASA released the fiery images that showed that the plastic housing is melting on the lens until it stops recording.

The other four cameras closest to the launch pad were undamaged. The other camera is placed outside the launching pad was also not affected by the fire.

The molten NASA camera will probably be shown at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D. C.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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