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

Photographer Pascal Fouquet from Orlando, Florida, has captured a rare sight of a rocket passing through the moon. This image made him the United States’ National Award first place winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2024. The awards program is a partnership between Sony and the World Photography Organization and received over 300,000 photo submissions worldwide.

Fouquet’s winning shot was taken of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket passing in front of the moon during the USSF-52 mission launch on December 19th, 2023. He only had less than 48 hours to prepare for this opportunity and chose an unconventional location, an open field behind a hospice center 13.8 miles away from the launch pad.

Using his Nikon D850 camera, Fouquet set his shutter speed 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 Space Force’s secretive X-37B space plane, which remained in orbit after its last mission lasted 908 days.

Fouquet’s photograph showcases his skill and dedication to capturing such a unique moment. His work has been recognized at both local and national levels and serves as proof of his talent as a photographer. The partnership between Sony and the World Photography Organization provides photographers with an opportunity to showcase their work and receive recognition for their skills.

The Sony World Photography Awards program aims to celebrate photographic excellence across various categories such as landscapes, wildlife, architecture, portraiture, street photography, travel photography, contests for students and young people (under 25 years old), among others.

Overall, Fouquet’s achievement is commendable as it takes serious skill to capture such an elusive moment in time. It serves as an inspiration to aspiring photographers around the world that with dedication and perseverance anything is possible.

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