Best Ever Astronaut Selfies

Some intentional, some not

“Talk about a selfie!” wrote former astronaut Clay Anderson on Twitter Oct. 1. He posted that comment along with a favorite photo from Expedition 15, when he was standing in restraints on the robotic Canadarm2. Off in the distance, he saw his shadow against the solar array panels of a Soyuz spacecraft.

That got us thinking — what are the best astronaut selfies? Below are some of our favorites (some intentional, some not) from over the years.

This article was republished with permission from Universe Today.

Clay Anderson’s shadow
Clay Anderson’s shadow during a spacewalk he took in July 2007, while he was part of Expedition 15. NASA Clay Anderson
JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide
JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide takes a self-portrait during Expedition 32 in September 2012. “Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual cam. NASA Aki Hoshide
Pete Conrad
Apollo 12′s Pete Conrad is visible in the helmet of crewmate Al Bean during their moon landing in November 1969. NASA Pete Conrad
NASA astronaut Clay Anderson
Expedition 15 crewmember and NASA astronaut Clay Anderson nabbed this self-portrait during a spacewalk in August 2007. NASA Clay Anderson
Self-portrait of Expedition 36/37 European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano
Self-portrait of Expedition 36/37 European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano during a July 2013 spacewalk. NASA Luca Parmitano
Al Shepard raises the American flag during Apollo 14
Al Shepard raises the American flag during Apollo 14 in February 1971. Below is the shadow of his crewmate, Ed Mitchell. NASA Ed Mitchell
NASA astronaut Mike Fossum
NASA astronaut Mike Fossum grabbed this self-portrait in July 2011, with space shuttle Atlantis visible in the background. NASA Mike Fossum
Joe Tanner grabs a helmet shot
NASA astronaut Joe Tanner grabs a helmet shot during a spacewalk on STS-115 in September 2006. NASA Joe Tanner
Mike Fossum visor reflection
Mike Fossum, a mission specialist on STS-121, took this shot in July 2006. In the visor you can see space shuttle Discovery, part of the International Space Station and fellow crewmate Piers J. Sellers. NASA Mike Fossum
NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski takes a self-portrait
NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski takes a self-portrait during STS-120, which ran from October to November 2007. NASA Scott Parazynski
Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin snaps a picture of himself during a spacewalk in November 1966. NASA Buzz Aldrin
Don Pettit takes a portrait
Expedition 6′s Don Pettit takes a portrait in January 2003. Also visible in the picture (upper right) is his crewmate, Ken Bowersox. NASA Don Pettit
Buzz Aldrin
A teensy-tiny Neil Armstrong is visible in the helmet of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969. NASA Neil Armstrong