Buzz Aldrin On Taking Self Portraits In Space (Plus, A New Service That Let’s You Make Your Own Space Selfie?!)

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Let’s be real, space selfies are light years better than the average Instagram styled selfie. Photos taken of space from space are like the ultimate travel photos. It probably has something to do with the fact that some astronauts, like Buzz Aldrin, were orbiting earth at speeds of 17,000 mph and just casually snapped a selfie like what they’re doing is no big deal.  As Aldrin explains in the interview below, he was supposed to be photographing ultraviolet stars, but when the sun rose and he could no longer see the stars, he turned the camera on himself because he was curious to see what it would like and, you know, why not?.

Listen as Aldrin tells the story behind pioneering the space selfie, then read on to see how you can take a space selfie of your own.

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NASA Releases Massive 3.2-Gigabyte Mosaic of Earth, Made Entirely from Selfies

Photo courtesy of NASA

Photo courtesy of NASA

Last month on the 22nd – NASA marked Earth Day by asking readers around the world to submit a selfie, answering where exactly they were at that moment. While reading that out loud can slightly come off as an Illuminati theorist’s heart attack, the aeronautics administration had completely different plans. Today, they released what they accomplished with that request: a gigantic 3.2-gigabyte mosaic of the earth, composed of the pictures that everyone sent.

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Teenager Hated His Selfies, So He Tried Ending His Life

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“I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realized I couldn’t I wanted to die.”

19 year Danny Bowman said these words to a reporter for the Daily Mirror. According to the story, he spent ten hours a day taking about 200 snaps of himself with his iPhone. He would take restroom breaks from his classes to go and try taking pictures there. And then in December 2012, after so much dissatisfaction from how his pictures turned out, he took an overdose of meds and attempted suicide.

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