Best Selfie Ever? Space Station Astronaut Tweets Space Walk Portrait
An astronaut on the International Space Station has been taking selfies during his space walks and tweeting them, enshrining himself alongside the F-16 fighter pilot and that one eagle in the aerobatic selfie hall of fame. After posting the pic, he wrote, "Notice the Earth reflected in my visor." Well played, sir.
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This one is the latest from Rick Mastracchio, NASA astronaut, who describes his location as "Low Earth Orbit." He shared with his 68,400 followers:
An 'EVA Selfie' of me. Notice the Earth reflected in my visor. pic.twitter.com/ABjOWakyzF
— Rick Mastracchio (@AstroRM) April 25, 2014
But he posted another one earlier this week:
EVA stands for extra-vehicular activity, by the way.
With so many selfies in circulation, this is one of the few actually worth looking at. In fairness to Mastracchio's colleagues, he's not the first space walker to spin the camera around. Mike Hopkins took this amazing shot in December. And Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide snapped this iconic picture outside the ISS in 2012.
But people seemed to like Mastracchio's. The 45-year-old astronaut is a native of Waterbury, Conn., and has been leaving the planet since 2000, according to his NASA biography. He has flown in three spaceflights, totaling nearly 40 days in space. That includes 38 hours and 30 minutes of space walking, when astronauts leave the safety of the space station for repairs or adjustments. Right now, he's a flight engineer on the ISS.
On Twitter, Sarah Rivera Corrice, an Air Force combat and missile systems photographer, wrote, "That wins selfies."
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