NASA’s fine photographer Bill Ingalls has realised that he might have overdone it when he got in a little too close to get one of his trademark close-ups of the Falcon 9 Vandenberg launch, which was carrying the GRACE Follow-on (GRACE FO) two-satellite mission and the five Iridium co-payloads. The fiery plume from the rocket cooked his closely positioned, thankfully remotely operated, Canon EOS camera – see below – melting it in a big way.
Bill forgot the old-school comedy roasting chestnuts-on-the-fire joke:
“My chestnuts are burning!” “My chestnuts are burning!”
“Well don’t stand so close to the fire then!”