Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orbiting Astronaut Self-Portrait
Posted on 09/18/2012 3:51:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Is it art? Earlier this month, space station astronaut Aki Hoshide (Japan) recorded this striking image while helping to augment the capabilities of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS). Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut's spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture. This image joins other historic -- and possibly artistic -- self-portraits taken previously in space. The Expedition 32 mission ended yesterday when an attached capsule undocked with the ISS and returned some of the crew to Earth.
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That’s a keeper.
Love the Space posts!
What do you think: Is it Art?
As a photographer I’m calling it art.
That is really, really cool, with the station and Earth in the reflection.
As an admirer of good photography, I’m also calling it art.
It’s an utterly amazing picture, for the huge amount of content if for nothing else.
I would, however, stop short of calling it a self-portrait, since the photographer is not visible. [smiles]
Ooooh! And I just went to the APOD site and looked at the enormous version of the photo.
Whooooo eeeeeee! The detail is amazing.
Thanks a bunch, Mr. Civilizations! [virtual smooch]
And I also just noticed that there is another astronaut in the picture. Kewl! Going back for more...
Looks like SOMEBODY has to climb up there and get him...
Are you volunteering yourself or me? I’m kinda busy today...