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This Astronaut's Spacewalk Selfie Literally Tops All Others

04/24/2014 05:32 pm ET | Updated Apr 25, 2014

Some selfies are better than others. This one, snapped by an astronaut in orbit hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface, tops them all--literally. And given that the ambient temperature during an orbit ranges from 250 degrees and minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit, it's likely the hottest selfie, too--or the coldest.

The space selfie was taken by NASA astronaut Steve Swanson on Wednesday during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). Fellow astronaut Rick Mastracchio then shared his colleague's shot on Twitter.

And while there have been several space selfies taken aboard the ISS, two weeks ago, Swanson (also known as "Swanny") took the crown for the first Instagram photo shared directly from the station.

In November 2013, Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide snapped a selfie against a backdrop of empty space (see below). Many called the pic, which featured Earth and the ISS reflected in his visor, the best selfie ever.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) November 17, 2013

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