10 Awe-Inspiring Selfies That Are Literally Out of This World


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Image: NASA

Snapped on Christmas Eve 2013, this jaw-dropping photo of NASA flight engineer Mike Hopkins perfectly captures the spectacle of space exploration: a glowing, pristine blue and white Earth contrasted against pure blackness, set behind a hovering man in a reflective helmet. It’s a striking image that cries out to be scrutinized again and again. But Hopkins’ shot isn’t the only breathtaking astronaut self-portrait out there.

Oxford Dictionaries defines the selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself.” The astronaut selfie, therefore, might accurately be described as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself while floating about in space.”

The following ten pictures represent the very best in awe-inspiring astronaut selfies, variously featuring a sparkling Sun, a dazzling Earth, a suspended space station, a mirrorlike visor – and in some cases all four.

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Image: NASA

10. Akihiko Hoshide

Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide is responsible for one of the “best selfies of all time,” according to New York’s Daily News newspaper. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) flight engineer turned the camera on himself for this shot on September 5, 2012. It was during a spacewalk by Hoshide that lasted in excess of six hours, as part of JAXA’s Expedition 32 trip to the International Space Station (ISS). As well as the camera he used, other elements visible in Hoshide’s reflective visor are the Earth, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and sections of a robotic arm. Oh, and that shiny object above Hoshide’s right shoulder is the Sun.

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