Popular among celebrities, politicians, Pope Francis and general public alike the ‘selfie’ is the ultimate way of photographing oneself when there is no one else to hold the camera, which comes in handy if one is alone in space miles away from planet Earth. Here are the best space selfies taken by astronauts and robots during space missions.
Buzz Aldrin might be the second person to have walked on the Moon but has rightfully claimed this photograph as the first ever space selfie
The European Space Agency is preparing to land the Rosetta probe on comet 67P C-G.
That was not Rosetta’s first selfie, however. On 25 February 2007 Rosetta passed just 250 km from the surface of Mars and the attached Philae lander took this image 4 minutes before closest approach, at a distance of 1000 km.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide took this selfie during Expedition 32 on September 5, 2012. Using a digital stills camera while on the third spacewalk of the voyage, Hoshide reflects the Earth in his helmet visor with the sun brilliantly visible in the top left corner.
Nasa astronaut Michael E. Fossum, STS-121 mission specialist, took this selfie with fellow space walker Piers J
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this celebratory ‘selfie’ after ten years exploring the Red Planet
A self-portrait of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken in late March 2014 (right) shows that much of the dust on the rover’s solar arrays has been removed since a similar portrait from January 2014
Thomas Henry Marshburn was a member of the Soyuz TMA-07M crew which launched to ISS in December 2012.
On March 1, 1982 the Soviet Venera 13 lander touched the surface of Venus and captured these pictures from its two opposite-facing cameras.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano took the selfie during a spacewalk he went together with Nasa’s Chris Cassidy on July 09, 2013.
Expedition 15 crew member and NASA astronaut Clay Anderson snapped this self-portrait during a spacewalk in August 2007.
NASA released a self-portrait taken by the Curiosity rover on June 24, 2012 to commemorate being on the Red Planet for a full Martian year (687 Earth days)
Because of his shiny helmet visor, this ‘self portrait’ of NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, photographed during a July 12 spacewalk
via – Telegraph