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Derek Newsome

     Hailing originally from Orlando, Florida, Derek Newsome has been a longtime fan of spaceflight. He spent most of his early life living in Cumming Georgia, where he played football for his high school. There he began to realize a number of his passions, including motorsports, roller coasters, and reignited his passion for rocketry.


     After moving back to Florida in 2021 for college, Derek soon picked up photography as a way to enjoy launches even more than he had previously. While his first launch photos of Starlink-9 may not have been good by any metric, he spent time working on his craft and becoming a better photographer with each and every launch.

    Now with over 50 launches under his belt, Derek continues to look forward to each and every launch, watching them with the same passion as his first launch as a kid.

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