NASA wants to know what you would pack for the moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 14, 2020

NASA released the opportunity in January 2020, seeking US industry-developed space technologies to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future missions.

One came from Carleton Bailie, a launch photographer of many decades, who said it took 20 years for someone "to get one" rocket-and-Moon shot like it. As per Rice's information from Northrop Grumman, the mission was due to fly 5,000 pounds (2,267 kilograms) of air, food, water, spacesuit parts, and scientific experiments up to the International Space Station (ISS), including a brand new $23 million space toilet.

When Northrop Groomann announced that he was flying NASA's Cygnus NG-14 cargo recycling mission known as "SS Kalpana Chawla", the 33-year-old photographer had the opportunity to cover up the release. He is three and a half hours away from a NASA launch pad on Wallace Island, Virginia. He calculated that the moon would be aligning perfectly with the moon on the background at around 22 seconds after liftoff. "The Moon & Rocket (carrying a space toilet, no less)", the space cargo ISS said.

Said Rice Business Insider His favorite thing to do is to watch the space station fly in front of the sun or the moon through his telescope. Swipe over for 8 more photos in the sequence and check out that superheated plume from the twin RD-181 engines.

With only 16 minutes to spare, however, Rice realized he was standing in the wrong spot and had to rush to move all his gear to the right spot, a few lamposts down the road. This occurred roughly 22 seconds after liftoff and was shot from a distance of 3.4 miles (5.5km). "For reference, the Antares rocket is 139ft/42.5m long and 13ft/3.9m wide", he noted.

"I used a map to count telephone poles from intersections, since there weren't any other discernible details", he said.

Rice shared in Instagram the stunning images, which were captured using a Sony A6500 with a vintage 60-300mm, ISO 400, f/8, and 1/320s.

What's even more fascinating is that Rice used a tripod and a 300-millimeter (11-inch) telephoto lens that only cost him $20 from eBay. Ten feet away, he erected another tripod with a camera, this one with a small telescope attached to it, hit the video-record button, and jogged back to his still camera.

Patiently, he held down the shutter of his camera and hoped he would get some great frames using his "spray and prayer" method. He's shared the photos on his Instagram account and the video on his YouTube page.

"This was the only time I've actually shouted after getting the shot", Rice said, including some "undisclosed" curse words.

The footage shows the dual rocket engines' shockwaves as they emanate into the air. "It's like a mirage", Rice noted adding that he is amazed at how accurate and lucky he could be to get the alignment right.

Release photographer Carleton Bailey said it could take about 20 years to get a ideal rocket and moon shot like Rice.

"Great job! It's been a long time since someone got it", SpaceX's official photographer Ben Cooper said adding that the photo was first of its kind in two decades. Do not breed without permission.

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