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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Astronaut self-portrait reflects the world

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A self-portrait, snapped by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, shows the wonder of space.

Aboard the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut and engineer Aki Hoshide used a digital camera to snap a self-shot while performing maintenance.

Hoshide and fellow Astronaut Sunita Williams, who can be seen in the reflection on Hoshide's helmet, were on a six-hour, 28-minute spacewalk, during which they installed and repaired a Main Bus Switching Unit and installed a camera on the space station's robotic arm, according to NASA.

Reflected in Hoshide's helmet is the Earth, while the Sun appears over his left shoulder. Sure makes you appreciate the ozone layer.


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Dunners posted a comment   

This is officially the benchmark of awesome


TomB5 posted a comment   

You have got 2min 08sec oxygen lets make some photos then space run back to base.


Im Batman posted a comment   

Super shot!
I'm sure he cleaned the camera lens before the shot, ... so you would have thought he would have cleaned an buffed his helmet visor!!
Get rid of those nasty smudge marks

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