Buzz Aldrin wants you all to know he was posing for stunning self-portraits in space way before it was a cool thing to do.
Aldrin became the second man to set foot on the moon in 1969. But it was in 1966 that he snapped this pic during his spacewalk on the Gemini 12 mission. He posted the image on his WhoSay page on April 24, writing, "@NASA I believe I get to claim the first EVA selfie from space." (The term “EVA" stands for “extra-vehicular activity,” a.k.a. a spacewalk.)
Aldrin seems to have posted his spacewalk selfie in response to a recent pic NASA astronaut Steve Swanson snapped of himself during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Swanson’s fellow astronaut Rick Mastracchio shared the selfie on Twitter on April 23. It was later posted on NASA’s Instagram account.
An EVA selfie. The space suit makes it very difficult to get a good selfie. I tried several today. pic.twitter.com/GvMEOj3ewu
— Rick Mastracchio (@AstroRM) April 23, 2014
Aldrin might have done it first, but who do you think did it better? Let us know in the comments.