Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Meet the Man Behind This Stunning Shot of the Space Station and the Sun

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Meet the Man Behind This Stunning Shot of the Space Station and the Sun

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At first glance, the image appears to show five ants crawling across a giant orange ball.

In reality, the photo is a composite of five frames, taken on Sunday, of the International Space Station as it traveled before the sun at roughly 5 miles per second. A striking picture that quickly went viral, the image evokes humanity's minuteness in the vast expanse of space - and showcases the colossal talent of the man who for decades has been capturing space history from Earth.

Meet Bill Ingalls, professional shutterbug and senior contract photographer at NASA headquarters since 1989. "In his post, Ingalls has roamed the nation's Capitol and White House, and photographed launches from the swamps of Florida to the desolate desert of Kazakhstan," former NASA writer Edward Goldstein wrote for the space agency's 50th anniversary commemorative magazine.

The pictures in Mr. Ingalls' portfolio range from the stunning to the historically significant. Capturing them has involved everything from climbing active volcanoes to snapping pictures of presidents. …

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