JOHN KRAUS PHOTOS

Out-of-this-world spaceflight imagery

Welcome to my website! I photograph the coolest events both on and off this Earth: Rocket launches.
View a selection of my best images below; click any image to display it fullscreen. Visit my new launch galleries page to see photos from nearly every rocket launch I've photographed.
Prints of my photos are available here, and I offer digital downloads of my images to my supporters on Patreon.
September 10th, 2018: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite at 12:45 A.M., as seen in this long exposure photo of the launch and its reflection in the waters north of Cape Canaveral. This photograph won the "Best of the Best" award in Aviation Week magazine's 2018 photo contest.
January 20th/21st, 2019: The Total Lunar Eclipse, as seen from the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

March 18th, 2017: An Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A engine and four Orbital ATK GEM-60 solid rocket motors power United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) to orbit with the U.S. Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite.

January 7th, 2018: SpaceX launches the classified Zuma payload for Northrup Grumman, and lands the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket back at Cape Canaveral eight minutes after launch.

February 6th, 2018: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, the world's most powerful active rocket, makes its debut flight from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
April 18th, 2018: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying NASA's planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

April 18th, 2017: Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule launches toward the International Space Station atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket.

August 12th, 2018: United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe, humanity's first mission to "touch the sun." The spacecraft will also become the fastest manmade object in history, reaching speeds of 430,000 miles per hour as it approaches within 4 million miles of the sun.

November 15th, 2018: SpaceX launches Qatar's Es'hail-2 satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket from LC-39A.

March 1st, 2018: United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket launches the GOES-S satellite on behalf of NASA and NOAA.
March 6th, 2018: Falcon 9 launches Hispasat 30W-6 -- the 50th Falcon 9 launch!

July 5th, 2017: SpaceX launches the Intelsat 35e satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket during golden hour, as viewed from Playalinda Beach at the Canaveral National Seashore.

September 15th, 2018: United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket launches for the final time, delivering NASA's ICESat-2 to orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

April 18th, 2018: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral.

New York-based rocket startup company Launcher test fires their E-1 engine in Long Island, New York. E-1 is a 3D-printed engine that runs on RP-1 and liquid oxygen. I had the pleasure of working with Launcher to create specialized imagery of their static fire tests in July 2018. 

August 7th, 2018: Falcon 9 launches the Merah Putih satellite at 1:18am ET.

June 24th, 2016: Flying in its largest configuration, with a five-meter payload fairing, five Aerojet Rocketdyne solid rocket boosters, and one Centaur upper-stage engine, United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket launches the U.S. Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite.

October 7th, 2018: Falcon 9 first stage B1048.2 touches down at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California — the first Falcon 9 land landing on the west coast.

August 12th, 2018: United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy rocket roars to life as excess hydrogen lingering around the launchpad ignites at the beginning of the RS-68A's startup sequence. ULA's premier heavy-lift rocket went on to launch NASA's Parker Solar Probe, humanity's first mission to "touch the sun."

January 19th, 2018: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket soars into the starry nighttime Cape Canaveral sky with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite on behalf of the United States Air Force.

August 18th, 2017: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the NASA's TDRS-M communications satellite, as seen from Playalinda Beach.

Traveling at 17,500 miles an hour, or just under five miles per second, the International Space Station transits the full moon in this five-frame composite image taken from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This transit lasted only 0.58 seconds.

June 11th, 2016: United Launch Alliance's massive Delta IV Heavy rocket launches a top-secret satellite, designated NROL-37, on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office.

April 2nd, 2018: A "flight-proven" SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches a previously-flown Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station on a dramatic, cloudy Florida afternoon.

August 26th, 2017: An Orbital ATK (now Northrup Grumman) Minotaur IV rocket launches the U.S. Air Force's ORS-5 payload at 2:04 A.M. from SLC-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

December 7th, 2016: United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket launches the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite. This camera was placed only 45 yards from the base of the rocket. While the camera survived, the lens was heavily pitted by exhaust and debris, and has since been retired.

July 15th, 2017: Dr. Buzz Aldrin -- the second man to walk on the moon -- waves around a jacket as it was being auctioned at his ShareSpace Foundation's Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

September 8th, 2016: NASA's asteroid sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, launches towards the distant asteroid Bennu atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket at sunset.

August 19th, 2016: The United States Air Force's AFSPC-6 payload launches shortly before 1:00 A.M. atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket.

October 11th, 2017: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 at sunset.

December 21st, 2015: SpaceX returns to flight after a June 2015 launch failure, delivering 11 ORBCOMM satellites to orbit. Following the successful launch, Falcon 9 made its first ever successful landing, returning to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a picture-perfect touchdown at Landing Zone 1.