Witness an award-winning photo of a SpaceX rocket photobombing the moon in a stunning shot

Capturing the Rare Sight: Orlando Photographer Wins Award for Stunning Image of Rocket Transiting the Moon During Spacecraft Launch

A photographer from Orlando, Florida, has captured a rare sight of a rocket transiting the moon. Pascal Fouquet’s winning shot was taken during the launch of the United States Space Force X-37B spaceplane on the USSF-52 mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The photograph was awarded first place in the United States’ National Award for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024.

Fouquet had only 48 hours to find the perfect location to capture the image and ultimately settled on an open field behind a hospice center 13.8 miles away from the launch pad. Using a Nikon D850 camera, Fouquet set his shutter speed to 1/1600 of a second to capture the precise moment the Falcon Heavy rocket passed by the moon. This was the seventh launch for the Space Force’s secretive X-37B space plane, which remains in orbit as of now.

The X-37B has previously set records for its extended missions, including one that lasted 908 days. Keep up to date with the latest discoveries in space delivered straight to your inbox by visiting Space.com.

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