10 Amazing Space Selfies Taken 250 Miles Above Earth

first_img As we head into the weekend for rest and relaxation, the Expedition 59 crew in the International Space Station is preparing for the next spacewalk, scheduled for Monday.And while astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques will be busy for six-and-a-half hours installing truss jumpers to provide a redundant power source to the Canadarm2 robotic arm outside the station and installing cables to update the station’s External Wireless Communications system, we know a spacewalk is also a historically perfect time for a “space selfie.”Through the years, astronauts have taken some of the best images during spacewalks or extravehicular activities (EVAs) to do work on the outside of spacecraft, hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth. Here are 10 out-of-this-world “selfies” taken by astronauts during spacewalks.View as: One Page Slides1. Ricky Arnold, 2018Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold takes an out-of-this-world ‘space selfie’ during a spacewalk he conducted with fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (out of frame) on June 14, 2018. During the six-hour, 49-minute spacewalk the duo installed high-definition cameras to provide enhanced views of commercial crew spacecraft, including the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing Starliner, as they approach and dock with the International Space Station.2. Nick Hague, 2019Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Nick Hague takes a ‘space selfie’ with his helmet visor up and the Earth 260 miles below him during a six-hour, 45-minute spacewalk to upgrade the orbital complex’s power storage capacity on March 29, 2019.3. Annie McClain, 2019Photo Credit: NASAAstronaut Anne McClain takes a ‘space-selfie’ with her helmet visor up, 260 miles above the Earth’s surface during a six-hour, 39-minute spacewalk to upgrade the orbital complex’s power storage capacity on March 22, 2019.4. Mark Vande Hei, 2018Photo Credit: NASAOn Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, Mark Vande Hei snapped his own portrait, better known as a ‘space-selfie,’ during a seven-hour, 24-minute spacewalk with astronauts Vande Hei and crewmate Scott Tingle outside the International Space Station to perform maintenance on the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.5. Mike Hopkins, 2013Photo Credit: NASAOn Dec. 24, 2013, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participates in a spacewalk, spread over a four-day period, designed to allow the crew to change out a degraded pump module on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. He was joined on both spacewalks by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, whose image shows up in Hopkins’ helmet visor.6. Scott Kelly, 2015Photo Credit: NASAExpedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly took this photograph during a spacewalk on Oct. 28, 2015. Sharing the image on social media, Kelly wrote, “#SpaceWalkSelfie Back on the grid! Great first spacewalk yesterday. Now on to the next one next week. #YearInSpace”7. Alexander Gerst, 2014Photo Credit: NASAEuropean Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 41 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues on the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2014. Also visible in the reflections in the visor are various components of the space station and a bright sun. 8. Ricky Arnold, 2018Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk to perform upgrades on the International Space Station, saying in a tweet “An amazing view of our one and only planet. #Spacewalk #EVA50.”9. Thomas Pesquet, 2017Photo Credit: NASAEuropean Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet is photographed during a six-hour spacewalk in January 2017. 10. Aki Hoshide, 2012Photo Credit: NASAAstronaut Aki Hoshide of Japan recorded this striking image while helping to augment the capabilities of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS) on September 18, 2012. 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.More on Geek.com:First All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting SuitNASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps a Selfie Before Its Next Mars JourneyNASA Spots Red Glowing Butterfly in Space NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img