A Selfie in Space

Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie' during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966
Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie' during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966

Historical Context

Decades after the end of the Space Race, selfies have become a popular thing for astronauts and rovers alike to do in space - but the first can be credited to Buzz Aldrin, later the second man to walk on the Moon.

The above photo was taken during the Gemini program in 1966. The program proved that astronauts could undertake Extravehicular Activity in space - paving the way for the Apollo program and the eventual landing on the Moon.

Photo Info


Photographer: Buzz Aldrin
Date taken: November 12, 1966
Location taken: Space, Above Earth

Source: NASA

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