Free World - September 15, 2021

When history is made – they’re there to capture it. For #WorldPhotographyDay,…

When history is made – they’re there to capture it. 📸

For there are three names you should know: Bill Ingalls, Aubrey Gemignani, and Joel Kowsky. As NASA Headquarters photographers, they are a few of the talented individuals who play a key role in capturing our historic moments and helping us share our story of exploration with you!

“My colleagues and I are so incredibly proud to be able to witness and document historic events in our nation’s space program. As these events unfold in front of us, we hope our images will help inform those that could not be there and tell the story of NASA for future generations. We feel empowered with a tremendous responsibility to be honest, thorough and creative.” – Bill Ingalls

1️⃣. The space shuttle Enterprise on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum where it will be permanently displayed, June 6, 2012. (Bill Ingalls)

2️⃣. Members of the US Navy ceremonial guard hold an American flag over the cremains of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong during a burial at sea service, Sept. 14, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean. (Bill Ingalls)

“One of my favorite times is right before launch when all of the remotes are set and everyone is holding their breath for a safe flight. It’s in those moments that I am reminded what a privilege it is to be here to capture these historic events.” – Aubrey Gemignani

3️⃣. The last glimmer of the sun is seen as the moon makes its final move over the sun during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. (Aubrey Gemignani)

4️⃣. Expedition 58 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques makes a heart with his hands for his son at the conclusion of a press conference, Dec. 2, 2018, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (Aubrey Gemignani)

“Every day is history, and it is an honor to contribute to and share the visual legacy of our nation’s space program.” – Joel Kowsky

5️⃣. The Soyuz TMA-19M rocket is launched with Expedition 46 crew on Dec. 15, 2015 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Joel Kowsky)

6️⃣. Cassini’s navigation team watches data come in from the spacecraft during its final plunge into Saturn, Sept. 15, 2017 at @NASAJPL. (Joel Kowsky)


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