A Selfie That is Out of This World

Tak­en at the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion by astro­naut Aki Hoshide (Japan), this awe-inspir­ing self por­trait brings into one frame “the Sun, the Earth, two por­tions of a robot­ic arm, an astro­naut’s space­suit, the deep dark­ness of space, and the unusu­al cam­era tak­ing the pic­ture.” You’ll want to click the image above (or this link) to view the pic­ture dubbed “Orbit­ing Astro­naut Self-Por­trait” in a wor­thy larg­er for­mat.

Find oth­er self-por­traits tak­en in space here and here. And vis­it NASA’s Astron­o­my Pic­ture of the Day for more strik­ing images each and every day.

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  • If you look close­ly at the large ver­sion of the picture…the cam­era is a stan­dard dig­i­tal SLR cov­ered with some sort of anti-radi­a­tion cov­er­ing sig­ni­fied by the two let­ters “DX” on the front of the cam­era.

    Thanks for shar­ing this! Tru­ly a great pic!

  • mario says:

    space… So full, yet so emp­ty… Amaz­ing…

  • zaza says:

    he should have opened the space­suit and then tak­en the pic­ture of his face expres­sion;)

  • Jan Wolitzky says:

    It’s clear that this pic­ture was tak­en with a hand-held SLR, NOT with the “unusu­al cam­era” referred to in the text (the ISERV cam­era, which can be seen here: .

    Also, I’m sur­prised that nei­ther NASA nor the Open Cul­ture edi­tors not­ed that, in addi­tion to the oth­er objects in the pho­to, there is anoth­er astro­naut, Suni­ta Williams, seen from above, vis­i­ble just above and to the left of the cam­era in the cen­ter.

  • Jan Wolitzky says:

    Sor­ry, the URL for info and pic­ture of the ISERV cam­era is: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/servir/index.html

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