Last-minute choice to photograph rocket becomes shot of lifetime


West Palm Beach resident Marisa Marulli was planning to spend Saturday night at a big party introducing a trendy new hot spot. But instead, she decided to witness a different sort of launch and has the dazzling evidence to prove it.

“It was important for me to chase something unique like that, something different to do on a Saturday night,” says Marulli, 28, of the striking photograph she took of a rocket launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:18 p.m. The freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer got her shot, which captures the trajectory of the rocket as a glowing white arc against a pinkish-blue sky, standing off Vero Beach’s 20th Street.

» RELATED: First images from GOES-16 weather satellite awe scientists

And when she says “chase,” she’s not kidding. Marulli, who was supposed to attend the opening of Grange Hall in West Palm’s warehouse district off Parker Avenue, says that she was informed of the launch, which was not well publicized, by a friend in the know on Saturday, and decided at the last minute that she wanted to shoot it — “I’m fascinated by science,” she explains.

But to capture the whole launch, she needed to borrow a cord called a cable release, which enables photographers to shoot an event that goes over 30 seconds without shaking or blurring the photograph. So she arranged to get one from an old friend who lives in the north part of the county and “raced up there to get him” before realizing that neither of them had brought a memory card to record the shot.

» RELATED: GOES-R satellite to revolutionize weather forecasting

“We were really pushed for time, so we pulled over at a Best Buy when the launch was about to happen in 10 minutes,” Marulli says. Fortunately, time was on her side, because “the launch was delayed, and thank God it was, because that was the perfect amount of time” for her and her friend to get off the highway in Vero and get over to the beach for that perfect shot.

The shot, which captured the 95-second launch of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV, is a prime opportunity for Marulli, who worked in real estate and advertising, “a grueling world,” before quitting to realize “my dream” as a travel and nature photographer. She’s shot all over the world, including Siberia and Norway.

“I wake up every day and can’t believe this is real,” she says of her new profession.

» RELATED: People post stunning images of Saturday rocket launch on social media



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

North Palm Republican mega-donor issues ultimatum on assault weapons
North Palm Republican mega-donor issues ultimatum on assault weapons

Al Hoffman Jr., a North Palm Beach real estate developer and major Republican donor, is cutting off donations to candidates who do not support a ban on assault weapons, according to a report in the New York Times. Hoffman said he would urge other Republican donors to support an assault weapons ban, according to the report. Hoffman announced the...
Trump ambassador nominee had unsettling management style, women say
Trump ambassador nominee had unsettling management style, women say

Doug Manchester, the billionaire nominated by President Donald Trump to be ambassador to the Bahamas, made a fortune as a real estate developer in San Diego while also earning a reputation for his philanthropy, conservative convictions and lavish lifestyle. In 2011, Manchester, then 69, decided to buy the struggling San Diego Union-Tribune. Over the...
Florida sheriff to politicians who don't support gun control: 'You will not get re-elected'
Florida sheriff to politicians who don't support gun control: 'You will not get re-elected'

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel blasted politicians after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school, saying that if gun laws don’t change, “you will not get re-elected in Broward County.” According to the Huffington Post, while speaking at a vigil in Parkland for the victims of the shooting, Israel ...
Trump tweets another anti-CNN cartoon - this one by the same artist who drew Clinton in blackface
Trump tweets another anti-CNN cartoon - this one by the same artist who drew Clinton in blackface

President Donald Trump on Sunday used his Twitter account to share an anti-CNN cartoon by an artist who in 2016 caused heartburn for Trump's presidential campaign by drawing Hillary Clinton in blackface. The latest image by cartoonist Tony Branco imagines CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in the year 2038, leaning on a cane as he delivers the following report...
Trump in Palm Beach: Early morning tweet fest, Mar-a-Lago meet later with Paul Ryan
Trump in Palm Beach: Early morning tweet fest, Mar-a-Lago meet later with Paul Ryan

UPDATE 9:57 a.m.: There will be no golf this morning for the president. According to the White House, the president has no activities outside Mar-a-Lago - if at all today - until at least mid-afternoon. UPDATE 8:54 a.m.: And the president continues tweeting this morning. UPDATE 8:46 a.m.: Also attending last night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago...
More Stories