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For the last two years, I’ve been photographing SpaceX (and other) launches. Now, all those launches are available in a full color book titled ‘We Report Space'(r/spacex)
Two years ago, I applied for and was selected to attend the SpaceX CRS-3 NASA Social event, due to my activity on social networks. At the time, I didn’t use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, so my selection was largely due to the fact that my social network of choice was Reddit.
Over the course of three launch delays, I met a number of amazing people, including fellow redditor /u/mseeley1 (the guy capturing all those great shots of the Falcon 9 returning to Port Canaveral) as well as Bill Jelen, the brains behind the Mr. Excel empire. At separate times, we each found ourselves recruited by SpaceFlight Insider to act as photographers, videographers and writers following our time at the SpaceX CRS-3 launch, which enabled us to continue coming out to cover launches & other special events at Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. But we were finding that our pictures would get just a burst of attention right around a launch, then the news cycle would take over and people would lose interest. So we put our heads together on how we could share more of the photos we were capturing.
It turns out that Mr. Excel is a book publisher, and loved the idea of doing a full-color launch photo book, and from that, We Report Space was born. Our involvement with the media pool at KSC and CCAFS meant that we were on hand to witness & photograph the launch failure of CRS-7, as well as the triumphant return to flight (and return to launch site landing) of SpaceX during Orbcomm OG2-M2. We’ve shared a number of those pictures here, through /r/spacex, and now they’ve all been collected into a full color book documenting Florida rocket launches from April 2014-December 2015.
What really makes this book awesome, though, is that it’s not just pictures of rockets lifting off. We’ve also collected essays from other NASA Social participants on their experiences, both in attending the event, as well as the impact it has had on their lives afterwards. If you’ve followed my account here for any length of time, you know I’m a pretty serious cheerleader for the NASA Social program, because it really is the best answer to “how can I get as close as possible to a rocket launch?”
The book is available through our website, and we’re offering some specials right now that bundle the book with 8×10 prints of rocket launches (including three very nice SpaceX Falcon 9 photos) and free shipping in the US. If you buy direct from our website, we’ll fulfill your order right away. If you’re outside the US, you can order the book through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble, and it’ll ship June 1st.
Of course, We Report Space will continue to cover launches out of Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and we’ll continue to share those pictures here as we take them. The support of the /r/spacex community & moderation team has been invaluable in helping us to get the word out that human spaceflight didn’t end with the Space Shuttle program.