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Capturing a Rare Moment: Photographer Pascal Fouquet Wins National Award for Rocket Transiting the Moon

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Witness a SpaceX rocket photobombing the moon in an incredible award-winning photograph

Photographing a rocket transiting the moon is an elusive feat that demands exceptional skill. Pascal Fouquet, a photographer from Orlando, Florida, achieved this rare accomplishment and was recognized as the United States’ National Award first place winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024. This prestigious program is a partnership between Sony and the World Photography Organization and receives thousands of photo submissions from across the globe.

Fouquet captured his winning shot of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket passing in front of the moon just before New Year’s Eve during the USSF-52 mission launch. With only less than 48 hours to prepare for this opportunity, Fouquet chose an unconventional location – an open field behind a hospice center 13.8 miles away from the launch pad. Using a Nikon D850, Fouquet set his camera to capture the intricate details of the moon, not the rocket. His shutter speed was set at 1/1600 of a second to capture the split-second moment when Falcon Heavy passed in front of the moon. This was the seventh launch for NASA’s secretive X-37B space plane, which has remained in orbit since its last mission lasted over 908 days at publication time.

Fouquet’s photograph showcases his remarkable talent and dedication to capturing such a rare and unique moment. His work has been recognized on a national level, highlighting his skills as a photographer. The collaboration between Sony and the World Photography Organization provides photographers with an opportunity to display their work and gain recognition for their abilities.

By Samantha Nguyen

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