Social media was ablaze recently with news of a photographer’s camera being melted directly by rocket exhaust, but that’s not entirely true.
Bill Ingalls, who spent 30 years shooting for the agency, had six cameras in total, two set up outside the safety perimeter of the launch site and 4 inside. Once the launch of the GRACE-FO started on May 22nd, so did a brush fire, which quickly spread outside the safety perimeter and torched one of the cameras thought to be safe.
On his way back Bill was greeted by firemen and It was then he realised his camera was gone. The only thing Bill could do was force open the camera and see did the memory card still work and luckily it did. It was from that card he got footage of the fire spreading towards his camera.
While many people on social media had claimed it was done directly by the rocket, from this we can see it wasn’t the case.