About We Report Space

About We Report Space
The founding members of We Report Space pose in front of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket prior to the CRS-8 mission. Photo credit: John Studwell.

We Report Space: Get an insider’s look at the current state of the US Space Program, go behind the scenes at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and see how cutting edge technology and photography techniques meld to create stunning images and videos of launches from the closest possible vantage points.  In addition to amazing launch photography, relive the experiences of other everyday people invited to be a part of the NASA Social program, and given front-row access to report on what’s new in space.

What We Report

We Report Space covers NASA, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK missions from Cape Canaveral, Florida and Wallops Island, Virginia.  Our accredited photography team has access to set cameras at each active launch pad, sometimes just a few dozen yards from the most powerful rockets currently in use.

Why Social Media Matters

We found right away that NASA’s social media efforts were like magic.  Instead of reaching several hundred guests who came to a launch or maybe a few thousand who watched it on NASA TV, you’ve helped us reach millions of people.  You are the eyes and ears of people around the world.”  – Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator.

Our Team

Publisher
Bill Jelen sets a remote camera at Space Launch Complex 40, home of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Bill Jelen sets a remote camera at Space Launch Complex 40, home of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Bill Jelen hails from Merritt Island, Florida. He is the author of 49 books. He is a writer and photographer covering space activity at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center.

Selected for the SpaceX CRS-3 NASA Social in 2014, Jelen joined 37 other active social media users granted up-close access to the April 18 launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule.  His coverage of that mission caught the eye of SpaceFlight Insider’s senior editor and he was invited to join that organization as a writer / videographer.

In 2016, together with photographers Jared Haworth and Michael Seeley, he released his first book of launch photos, titled We Report Space.  Jelen serves as publisher of the title.

Outside of We Report Space, Jelen operates MrExcel.com. He is a 10-time recipient of the Excel MVP Award from Microsoft.

Photographer

On the roof of the VAB for GOES-R launch
Mary Ellen Jelen retired after 30 years as a pediatric nurse. After moving to Merritt Island Florida, she began photographing Florida wildlife such as Osprey, Eagles, and moved on to Falcons.

She was called in to help with Remote Camera Setup on one particular launch and began to learn from other media regulars. Her Canon SX60-HS super telephoto mode was a hit when she photographed the Falcon 9 first stage returning to Port Canaveral.

She enjoys listening to stories from people who spent their lives in the Space Coast. She is a volunteer with the Air Force Space & Missile History Museum.

Jared Haworth, during a book signing for We Report Space at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Photo credit: Mark Usciak.
Senior Photo Editor
Jared Haworth, during a book signing for We Report Space at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Photo credit: Mark Usciak.
Jared Haworth, during a book signing for We Report Space at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Photo credit: Mark Usciak.

Jared Haworth is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based photographer and writer covering US spaceflight. His work has been featured in Popular Mechanics, Make: Magazine and News Photographer.  His photo of the NROL-37 launch won 1st place in the 2016 Aviation Week Photo Contest, space divsion.

Selected for the SpaceX CRS-3 NASA Social in 2014, Haworth joined 37 other active social media users granted up-close access to the April 18 launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule.  His photos caught the eye of SpaceFlight Insider’s senior editor and he was invited to join that organization as a launch photographer.

In 2016, together with photographers Bill Jelen and Michael Seeley, he released his first book of launch photos, titled We Report Space.  Haworth also serves as senior photo editor for We Report Space’s online content.

Outside of We Report Space, Haworth operates Alloy Code, a software consultancy in Raleigh, NC specializing in Ruby on Rails and iOS development.  More of his photos can be found on FlickrInstagram and his website, We Had Today.

 

Photographer, Clearances Manager
Michael Seeley poses with ULA's Delta IV Heavy just before the Orion EFT-1 mission launch. Photo credit: Julian Leek.
Mike Seeley poses with ULA’s Delta IV Heavy just before the Orion EFT-1 mission launch. Photo credit: Julian Leek.

Since moving to the Space Coast in 2012, Michael Seeley has taken full advantage of his proximity to Kennedy Space Center, viewing numerous launches as accredited media and has also participated in NASA Social events. Seeley is a passionate photographer (with experience that dates back to actual film) and enjoys being able to turn his lens on the exciting equipment being built and launched from KSC.

Seeley is one of the three co-founders of We Report Space, having parlayed his love of photography and his interest in spaceflight into an invitation to the SpaceX CRS-3 NASA Social, and later an ongoing photography assignment covering the space coast.

Many of Seeley’s photos can be seen at his website, and follow Seeley on Twitter at @Mike_Seeley

Contributor: National Geographic Magazine (November, 2016), USA Today’s “Your Take”, National Geographic’s “Your Shot”, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Universe Today, The Weather Channel

Instagram Specialist
Dawn Haworth at the Delta IV Heavy / NROL-37 launch.
Dawn Haworth at the Delta IV Heavy / NROL-37 launch.

Dawn Haworth joined the We Report Space team in February 2016, managing our social presence on Instagram.  At age 12, she was the youngest person to be credentialed by the 45th Space Wing Public Affairs and United Launch Alliance for news media access to ULA’s two launchpads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

In addition to managing We Report Space’s Instagram account, Haworth has also assisted in remote camera placement and launch photography, shooting up-close images of MUOS-4, NROL-37, and NROL-61.