Witness a SpaceX rocket photobombing the moon in an incredible award-winning photograph

A rare sight, capturing a rocket transiting the moon requires serious skill and dedication. Pascal Fouquet, a photographer from Orlando, Florida was able to capture such a moment during the USSF-52 mission launch. He was chosen as the United States’ National Award first place winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024, which received hundreds of thousands of photo submissions from around the world.

Fouquet took his winning shot with a Nikon D850 camera, setting it to capture the details of the moon, not the rocket. His shutter speed was set to 1/1600 of a second to capture the split second moment Falcon Heavy passed in front of the moon. This was the seventh launch for Space Force’s secretive X-37B space plane, which remains in orbit at the time of publication after its last mission lasted 908 days.

Fouquet only had less than 48 hours to prepare for this opportunity and he settled on an unconventional location – an open field behind a hospice center 13.8 miles away from the launch pad. His photograph showcases his skill and dedication in capturing this unique moment and has been recognized and awarded at a national level. The partnership between Sony and World Photography Organization provides photographers like Fouquet with a platform to showcase their work and receive recognition for their skills.

By Samantha Johnson

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