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A teenager from the USA since the age of 16 makes spectacular photos of rocket launches. NASA and Elon Musk are sharing his photos.

John Kraus has already spent dozens of filming and received several awards, although only recently finished school.

In mid-July, the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first landing of a man on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969. In honor of this, a 110-meter projection of the Saturn V launch vehicle was placed on the Washington Monument – the image was shown for several hours.

The most popular photo from that event was a snapshot of an American, John Kraus – an experienced photographer, behind whom shooting dozens of rocket launches. His works are published on the NASA website, and Elon Musk praises them in their social networks. At the same time, Kraus is only 18 years old, and he began shooting missile launches as a schoolboy.

Kraus became famous at 16, becoming one of the youngest space photographers in the world. The teenager was born and grew up with the town of Satellite Beach, which is about 30 minutes from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, where NASA launches space launches. The ability to watch the rocket launch from virtually home influenced John’s hobbies: “This is something that everyone should see at least once in their life.”

Since childhood, he visited the camps of NASA, and at the age of 15 for the first time took off a rocket launch – then the Falcon 9 flew up. After several successful shots, Kraus began to work with , but then he began to develop his own pages in social networks, where he posted pictures.

In 2016, the major Western media began to write about the schoolchild from Florida. The reason was the unusual style of Kraus – he filmed launches with the help of a long exposure, turning the rocket’s flight into a bright “path” in the sky. In the case of SpaceX launches, he imposed on each other both the launch of the rocket and the attempt to land the first stage on the water platform.

Over time, NASA granted Kraus permission to visit Cape Canaveral to take new pictures. The Wired edition described the teenager’s standard preparation for shooting a rocket launch from close range. Usually, Kraus arrives at the launch site 10 hours before launch. He sets his camera on a tripod nearby. In this case, the camera is closed with the usual package with a package from the supermarket, and the tripod is fixed to the ground with stakes from the tent.

All this is a precautionary measure so that the camera is not spoiled by weather conditions and exhaust fumes. The closest distance that Kraus installed the technique for shooting was about 40 meters. The teenager, naturally, is not so close to the rocket – the camera is activated by a sound trigger.

Day and night shooting Kraus combined with studying in a regular school. For long-exposure shots, the guy is looking for a suitable place outside NASA databases for a long time, using applications with maps and Google Earth. One day he had to climb into the “swampy water” north of the cape in order to catch the perfect angle.

In 2018, this picture was recognized as the best for the year according to Aviation Week magazine. Cruz also won many other photo awards. “I first saw the pictures of John on Twitter – and was impressed. His works are a wonderful combination of complexity and amazingness of what is happening in the sky. Even more, I was impressed to know how old he is, “- he admitted the deputy head of the National Geographic fotootdela Patrick Witty.

In early interviews, Kraus said he didn’t plan on taking long shots of rocket launches: “It’s just a hobby. He had long doubted whether to devote his whole life to this activity. But now John is 18 years old, in 2018 he graduated from school and became a professional photographer. He is familiar with the popularizer of science Bill Hire, Elon Musk publishes his photos. One of the photos of the teenager was posted at the headquarters of the United Launch Alliance. And now Kraus intends to link his life with space launches for a long time.
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