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How to take a selfie in space?

Stay in orbit in airspaceOur planet entails many potential dangers that can destroy even the most cautious astronaut. However, some of them are not inferior to their earthly habits even in such an unpredictable place as space. So, NASA astronaut Christina Koch managed to make a one-of-a-kind selfie against the backdrop of a vast universe, while being outside the International Space Station, the British portal reports.

A truly cosmic selfie Christina Koch

Can I take a selfie in space?

Kristina Koch - the first female astronaut,set a record for the length of stay on the International Space Station (ISS). After spending a total of 328 days aboard the station, Koch circled the Earth more than 5,200 times. During the flight, Koch also participated in the first all-female spacewalk with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. Then the astronauts were sent outside the ISS to fix the failed charger on the spacecraft.

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It is known that the ship Koch launched to the ISS in March2019, and since then spent 11 months in orbit of the Earth at an altitude of about 400 kilometers. After the astronaut lands on Earth, Christina Koch’s 328-day stay will become the second longest single space flight of an American astronaut. The record for the duration of a single space flight belongs to NASA retired astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days aboard the ISS from 2015 to 2016.

Scott Kelly is the ISS record holder for the duration of a single space flight

Onboard the ISS, Christina Koch participated inmore than 210 scientific studies, providing valuable data for the implementation of NASA's long-term plans for human exploration of the moon through the Artemis program. Many of these studies were aimed at studying the effects of long space travel on the human body, taking into account factors of weightlessness, long-term isolation from the outside world, radiation and stress. Among the most notable experiments in which Koch participated in her mission was to study the effects of spaceflight on spinal bones.

In addition to participating in a large number of scientificResearch, Koch also took many breathtaking images of the Earth and the events taking place on it from the ISS. One of them was a selfie shot in Earth orbit, which instantly became viral among Internet users. Be that as it may, few people know that the authorship of the first “space selfie” belongs to the famous Buzz Aldrin, who during his flight on a spaceship in 1966 not only set a record for the duration of a person’s presence in open space, but also managed to make historical “selfie” for all mankind.

The first ever selfie in Earth orbit performed by Buzz Aldrin

In order to embody the idea of ​​creatingprofessional space photographs into reality, the planet’s main space agency ordered 53 Nikon unmodified SLRs with a special protective housing that allows the equipment to work in conditions of low gravity and sudden changes in temperature. It is also known that before this NASA used cameras of the Swedish manufacturer “Hasselblad”, which at one time was lucky enough to become an official supplier of similar equipment for the well-known Apollo program.

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Despite all the power and professionalismavailable equipment on the ISS, making a space selfie both inside and outside the station is not easy. The fact is that it is often difficult for an astronaut photographer to achieve a completely stationary state of the camera even when inside the International Space Station, where with perfect fixation of the device it is impossible to take high-quality images due to the constant vibration of this space laboratory. However, if the astronaut somehow succeeds and he is ready to present his truly “stellar” photo, the data from the cameras are transmitted to the Earth through special communication channels, from where they fall into the hands of already earthly experts, and then to the media .