Amazingly, the camera was positioned a quarter of a mile away and was one of the furthest from the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force base in California. The rocket's nine Merlin engines roared to life, blasting the Falcon up toward space and spewing intense heat below. What was once a fancy camera was now a lump of charred and twisted plastic.
On May 22, a SpaceX rocket launch left one poor, seemingly high-end camera horribly disfigured and forever ruined. Interestingly, the memory card was found intact inside of the camera carcass.
I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside.
The Article from This is what NASA's "Toasty" Camera did see as It did melt After a SpaceX Launch . The remote cameras are created to automatically capture stunning up-close images once the thunderous roar of the rocket is heard.
The memory card not only survived the fire, but also captured the final moments of flames approaching the area and slowing melting the lens.
When he returned to the site he set up the ill-fated camera at, the space agency reports that firefighters were waiting for him with the destroyed camera.
Though NASA's camera may not be insured, it did manage to protect incredible images that show its fiery death.
The mission includes two identical satellites that will reportedly function as a "single instrument" as they orbit Earth about 137 miles apart from each other. Short for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On, Grace-FO will track how masses on Earth are moving around the planet.