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An Italian astronaut snapped an incredible interstellar selfie while floating in space

Sahar Esfandiari , Business Insider US
 Feb 06, 2020, 04:27 PM
An Italian astronaut takes a selfie in space.
  • Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano snapped an incredible selfie while floating in space.
  • Parmitano is currently serving as the third European and first Italian in command of the International Space Station.
  • Parmitano took the selfie while he was on a space walk mission on January 25.
  • See the space selfie and other incredible photos from the mission below:
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We're all striving for that perfect selfie, but an Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano just put every Instagram influencer and celebrity to shame by taking a selfie in space.

Parmitano is currently serving as the third European and first Italian in command at the International Space Station, according to his website.

The photograph, which was taken on 25 January and uploaded on to NASA's Flickr page, can be seen below.

An Italian astronaut takes a selfie in space.
NASA Johnson

From the photo appears that Parmitano held up a camera up to his reflective space helmet, which doubled up as a mirror, and captured the space selfie.

According to NASA, Parmitano was with fellow astronaut Andrew Morgan and the pair were finalising thermal repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer - a dark matter and antimatter detector.

The spacewalk lasted six hours and 16 minutes, and other photographs showing the astronauts at work can be seen below:

A shot showing Luca Parmitano working on repairs on the Alpha magnetic Spectrometer.
NASA Johnson


Luca Parmitano pictured tethered to the International Space Station while at work.
NASA Johnson

It isn't the first time Parmitano has snapped a photo of himself while orbiting the earth.

He took a similar selfie in 2013 during his first spacewalk when he was working as a flight engineer for Expedition 36.

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