-United Launch Alliance
-Northrop Grumman (fmrly. Orbital Sciences/ ATK)
-National Geographic (incl. cover, below)
-The New York Times
-USA Today (front page)
-The Wall Street Journal
-The Boston Globe (incl. cover and story)
-Aviation Week & Space Technology
-Sky & Telescope magazine
-NBC Nightly News
-CBS Evening News
-ABC World News Tonight
|Magazine of the Planetary Society
Ben Cooper is a professional photographer based in Orlando, Cape Canaveral & the Kennedy Space Center,
Florida. An official photographer in the U.S. space program, he has covered launches and other events here
since July 1999, having now photographed over 260 missions and launches to date. He is the author of the
2019 book Launch Photography.
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. Following that, he has been an official photographer for multiple
rocket launch providers and taken many of the most famous launch & space photos of the last 15 years.
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.
He is one of the two winners of the 2019 Kolcum Award "for excellence in telling the space story along
Florida’s Space Coast and throughout the world."
MAJOR CLIENTS INCLUDE:
NOTABLE AWARDS AND MENTIONS
-Cover of National Geographic
-Front page of the New York Times
-Eight-time winner in the prestigious Aviation Week & Space Technology photo contest: first place 2008;
first place 2010; both second and third place 2011; third place 2008 and 2018; both second and third place in
2020; and honorable mentions/editors choice in 2009, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
-Recipient of the 2019 Kolcum Award by the Florida chapter of the National Space Club
-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.
-Featured in the New York Times Travel section with a story on viewing the remaining shuttle launches.
-Published in dozens of books including National Geographic and books by astronauts.
-Featured on every major national news network (NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox)
-Featured in Popular Photography magazine five times over several years.
-One of the first people featured on Petapixel.com
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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
|TELEVISION USAGE SAMPLES:
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
|National Geographic, November 2016
|Atlas 5 MUOS-1 launch, lobby wall at prominent space industry corporation
|The huge United Launch Alliance Atlas, Delta & Vulcan factory in Decatur, Alabama. Joint effort with ULA/Jeff Spotts.
|Launch Photography: The Book!
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