Putting It in Perspective
Sometimes, a little perspective is necessary.
The photograph was taken during a six-hour, 28-minute spacewalk.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer, took the photo of his helmet visor during the mission’s third session of extravehicular activity (EVA). During the spacewalk, Hoshide and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (visible in the reflections of Hoshide’s helmet visor), flight engineer, completed the installation of a Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) that was hampered last week by a possible misalignment and damaged threads where a bolt must be placed. They also installed a camera on the International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.
Hoshide was able to get himself, the Earth, and the sun in the picture. For me, it makes it the greatest self-portrait in the history of the world… and outer space.
(photo and story appeared originally at spaceflight.nasa.gov)