Astronaut Self-Portraits Show Space In All Its Glory

astronaut self portraitSpace station astronaut Aki Hoshide took this self portrait while on a spacewalk.

Photo: NASA

Even astronauts take self-pics. Here’s one from Aki Hoshide, a Japanese astronaut living on the space station, taken while out on a spacewalk earlier this month.It was today’s astronomy picture of the day. From NASA:

Earlier this month, space station astronaut Aki Hoshide (Japan) recorded this striking image while helping to augment the capabilities of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS). Visible in this outworldly assemblage is 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. This image joins other historic — and possibly artistic — self-portraits taken previously in space. The Expedition 32 mission ended yesterday when an attached capsule undocked with the ISS and returned some of the crew to Earth.

I wonder if he made it his Facebook picture. Can’t tell through the visor, but hopefully he’s not making a duck face.

Here are some more, older self-portraits from space:

Clay Anderson self portrait.Astronaut Clay Anderson took this self-portrait in 2008 during the shuttle orbiter Endeavour’s mission to expand the space station

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Self-portrait taken by astronaut Michael Fossum on July 8 during a space walk or extravehicular activity while the Discovery orbiter was docked with the International Space Station.

Photo: NASA

Photo: NASA

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