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.