Bill Ingalls' camera captured its own demise as a brushfire spreads.
The photographer says the camera continued taking shots until it was no longer in working order.
The next photo clearly shows flames overtaking the camera.
The launch of the Global Positioning System III satellite of the United States Air Force has been delayed from the current month to the month of October as the agency is reviewing the SpaceX's upgraded rocket, which it would use to boost the satellite into the orbit.
If you're shooting photos of a space rocket launch, the risk to damage equipment is all too real, as one NASA photographer demonstrated this week. Not surprisingly, they went viral across Twitter and other social media platforms.
Photographing a rocket launch is a tricky thing. But that's not what happened. Ingalls placed his camera Canon DSLR about a quarter mile or over 400 meters away from SpaceX's pad, called Space Launch Complex 4E.
In September past year, for example, a number of photographers ruined their camera kit while trying to capture the much-anticipated solar eclipse.
It was the first time that one of Ingalls' cameras has been melted during a launch, and he's been snapping photos for NASA since 1989.
Bill Ingalls was one of NASA's key men in documenting the Tuesday launch of Falcon 9 that carried the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On and five Iridium NEXT communications satellites.
"Once the fire reached the camera, it was quickly engulfed". The camera, however, managed to save the photos that were taken by the photographer. "I had many other cameras much closer to the pad than this and all are safe" he said in a Facebook post.
Bill Ingalls, NASA veteran photographer, shares images of his "toasty" camera destroyed in the line of duty which left behind incredible snapshots from the GRACE-FO & Iridium NEXT satellite launch. Still, much of the body looks like it's maybe (hopefully?) salvageable, depending on just how long it spent in the fire.
Ingalls has been snapping photos for NASA for almost 30 years.