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5. Buzz Aldrin
“I didn’t realize I was pioneering… selfies,” said NASA legend Buzz Aldrin of this magnificent shot. Aldrin elaborated that he took the picture simply because he wondered “what [he’d] look like.” The spectacular photo was snapped during the famous astronaut’s Gemini 12 spaceflight, which launched on November 11, 1966. While the curved edge of the Earth in the background is clearly visible, Aldrin is mostly in shade, but this takes nothing away from the historic image. Gemini 12 was the last of the Gemini flights, after which NASA would go on to successfully land two men on the Moon on Apollo 11’s 1969 mission – with the second to walk on the surface of our only natural satellite none other than Aldrin himself.
4. Luca Parmitano
Luca Parmitano is an Italian European Space Agency (ESA) flight engineer who tried his hand at the astronaut selfie on July 9, 2013. This was during his first ever spacewalk, which he logged on Expedition 36. In fact, it was the first time an Italian had participated in a spacewalk, and Parmitano’s crystal-clear image seems the perfect way to have captured the moment. The beautiful curved Earth and the International Space Station are flawlessly mirrored in his helmet’s visor. That said, Parmitano’s second spacewalk, on July 16, was to be the second briefest ever, as a leak caused his helmet to start filling up with water. Thankfully, the astronaut made it safely back on board.