Buzz Aldrin Selfie

Before people started posting selfies on Facebook and other forms of social media, NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin snapped the first space selfie, while on a spacewalk during the Gemini 12 mission on November 12, 1966, for the world to see. “So we had the camera and we couldn’t shoot this through the window. It had to be mounted on the space craft, firm, so it wouldn’t be shaking. And Jim Lovell would carefully point in the right direction, shut off the thrusters so that they wouldn’t flash during the time of exposure,” said Aldrin. Continue reading for another video about the Gemini 12 mission and more information.

“No tweets but I did take the first selfie! In, from space! That was one expensive selfie stick! I took a few pictures of things as we went over. And then I thought, I wonder if this could take a picture of me with the ultraviolet film. So I turned around, clicked the camera and it turned out pretty good,” adds Aldrin.