-United Launch Alliance
-The New York Times
-USA Today (front page)
-The Boston Globe (incl cover and story)
-Aviation Week & Space Technology
-Sky & Telescope magazine
-NBC Nightly News
-CBS Evening News
-ABC World News Tonight
|All 26,000 heat tiles photographed before every mission. Taken March 2009 (STS-125 Atlantis).
|Self-portrait, Antelope Canyon, AZ, July 2010
|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 190 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.
MAJOR CLIENTS INCLUDE:
SELECT AWARDS AND MENTIONS
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.
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!
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-ABC Good Morning America
-Fox News Channel
-National Geographic online
-MSNBC / NBCnews.com
-The Daily Mail
-Pacific Standard Magazine
-Scholastic and Weekly Reader
-Daytona Beach News-Journal (feature story)
and many more
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
|National Geographic, November 2016