The Best Astronaut Selfies in Space

Scratched Visor


NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio snapped this selfie during a spacewalk while replacing a failed backup computer relay box at the International Space Station on April 22, 2014. This view of his helmet visor reveals several scratches and smudges acquired while working through the spacewalk.See more photos from his spacewalk here.

Neil Armstrong in Buzz Aldrin's Helmet


Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon in July 1969 in this photo snapped by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. If you look closely at Aldrin's visor, you'll see Armstrong's reflection.

Steve Robinson & the Space Shuttle


NASA astronaut Steve Robinson snaps a photo of himself while doing repairs on the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 3, 2008. The shuttle's tiled heat shield is reflected in his visor.

Joe Tanner & Canadarm2


Astronaut Joseph R. Tanner, STS-115 mission specialist, snapped a selfie in his spacesuit during an extravehicular activity (EVA) while the Space Shuttle Atlantis was docked with the International Space Station in September 2006. The space station's Canadarm2 is visible in the reflection of his visor.

Daniel Bursch


Expedition 4 Flight Engineer Daniel Bursch photographs his reflection in the space station's Early External Thermal Control System EETCS radiator as he documents a spacewalk on Feb. 20, 2002.

Aki Hoshide


Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to take a photo of his helmet visor, with reflections of planet Earth and the International Space Station, during a spacewalk on Sept. 5, 2012.

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.