Selfies Are Now Being Taken In Space? NASA Astronaut Snaps a Selfie in Space using ‘Earthshine’

No matter how creative or crazy a selfie you take, no selfie can’t outshine this supercool selfie! Taken aboard the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting 220 miles above the Earth on Saturday, astronaut Kelly tweeted two new superawesome self-portraits to his 186K followers. The brilliance? The selfie was taken using filters with light reflected from Earth to illuminate it. The photos reveal his face and selfie-taking outstretched arms illuminated first by the North African desert, and, then again a snapshot just a few moments later, by the Mediterranean Sea.

We earthlings may have our fancy selfie sticks, voice commands, and beauty-enhancing apps, but nothing can beat this creative NASA astronaut!

The space station is quite a spectacle to watch if you are a stargazer. It is the third-brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon, outshining even Venus. Traveling at five mile per seconds, you can even spot it at night if you gaze up at just the right time.

Astronaut Kelly is on a one-year mission to study the impacts of prolonged weightlessness — or the absence of gravity –on the human body.

The New Jersey native is joined by Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka on board, and his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, on Earth.

Scientists will gather and compare data about the Kelly brothers to identify physical and mental changes in the body caused by long-term spaceflight. The information collected from these studies will be used for future missions to Mars, which would take at least 2.5 years.

The first in a series of 4K UHD videos, it shows “breathtaking views of planet Earth” and offers a glimpse into life on the orbiting laboratory — from performing experiments in microgravity to eating a weightless sandwich.


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