-United Launch Alliance
-The New York Times
-USA Today (front page)
-The Boston Globe (incl
cover and story)
-Getty Images
-Orbital Sciences
-Aviation Week & Space Technology
-Astronomy Magazine
-Sky & Telescope magazine
-Discover magazine
-The FAA
-NBC Nightly News
-CBS Evening News
-ABC World News Tonight
Launch Pad 39A, September 2010. Credit: Robert Pearlman
All 26,000 heat tiles photographed before every mission. Taken March 2009 (STS-125 Atlantis).
Self-portrait, Antelope Canyon, AZ, July 2010
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Magazine of the Planetary Society
Ben Cooper is a professional photographer based in Central Florida near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy
Space Center. A photographer in the US space program, he has covered launches and other events at Cape
Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center since July 1999, having now photographed over 140 missions and
launches to date.

For the final few years of the Space Shuttle program, he photographed for NASA and held a position on
NASA's photo and engineering imaging team at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station. Work included mission-critical imagery of the shuttle's exterior and orbiter tiles that ensured a safe
mission of the space shuttle on every flight, as well as public affairs imagery for distribution by NASA and
dozens of portraits and award ceremonies.

He specializes in aerospace, travel, science and astronomical photography, including traveling the globe to
chase solar eclipses, and with travel experience on six continents including Antarctica. With over 20 years of
experience in the field, he is also an alumnus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of
Science in Aerospace Engineering and minor in space studies/space history.

To license photos, purchase prints or contact me, click here!

Two-time first place winner (
2008, 2010) and placement five more times in six years (2008, 2009, 2010,
2011, 2013) in the category of space for the prestigious Aviation Week & Space Technology photo contest.
Third place
2008, honorable mention 2009 and 2013, and second and third place 2011.


While in college, he was a long-standing member of
The Avion, the campus newspaper of Embry-Riddle for
which he was Space Technology Editor for three years, reporter for four, and received the Fall 2007 reporter

In June, 2011, Cooper and LaunchPhotography.com were featured on the front page of USA Today, the
most circulated paper in the United States. Interviewed for a cover story on attending the final space shuttle
launch, the website was published prominently.

In May 2010, this website was published in the New York Times Travel section with a story on viewing the
remaining shuttle launches.

His work has been featured in books such as
Astronomy 365 and City at the Water's Edge: A Natural
History of New York
, among others available in bookstores now.

Popular Photography magazine has featured Cooper five times. He was
profiled in a story for their
September 2006 issue, again for the Backstory feature in December 2009, a third time on their website in
March 2010, and a fourth for a 'Fix It Fast' feature in the magazine in January 2011. Most recently, the
magazine published an
online story about the 2013 Total Solar Eclipse.

In June 2008, an image of the
STS-124 launch became a helpful part of a NASA inquiry into major damage
sustained by one of the space shuttle's launch pads.

He was the featured guest on the second ever of Adorama's TechTock Podcast and also on
The Shutterbug
Magazine Radio Show.

Interviews with prominent photo sites such as
Petapixel.com (one of their first ever interviews, 2009),
Imaging-Resource.com and B&H's Explora feature.

He has written exclusive articles for Space.com on chasing solar eclipses and visiting the wreckage of Skylab
in Western Australia!

Thank you for taking the time to visit!

Ben Cooper
Launch Photography.com

-ABC Good Morning America
-Fox News Channel
-National Geographic online
-MSNBC / NBCnews.com
-Yahoo! News
-Huffington Post
-Popular Science
-Popular Photography
-The Daily Mail
-Science Faction
-Pacific Standard Magazine
-Astronomy Now
-Scholastic and Weekly Reader
-Daytona Beach News-Journal (feature story)

and many more

-18-time NASA
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
-NASA Image of the Day (www.nasa.gov)
-NASA homepage photos
-Diplays at countless NASA award ceremonies and center exhibits
-Yahoo! News: The "Week in Photos"
The World at Night (TWAN) collection
-Time Magazine
Photo of the Day (August 24, 2009)
-Astronomy.com (Astronomy Magazine) Picture of the Day (multiple)
Bryce Canyon panorama at Chi-Chi's Tex-Mex Restaurant, Belgium.
Yankee Stadium panorama at The Game Sports Bar & Grill, Perth, Australia
The viral LADEE photo was purchased for use by all five major US news networks: ABC World News Tonight (opening
sequence and story), the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN and Fox News Channel (September 7, 2013):
Stromatolites (Western Australia) panorama display at Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor
2013 Total Solar Eclipse, German paper
Times Square foldout brochure for Liberty Helicopters
Delta 4-Heavy launch for Computer Magic album "Electronic Fences" (White Iris records)