(Credit: Buzz Aldrin, NASA, Bloomsbury Auction)
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, but the national treasure was the first person to ever get a selfie in space. And he’s not that everyone forgot about it.
Twitter user Fred Boness said that he “would have liked to see” Buzz Aldrin tweeting from the Moon, which says that it only would have made the trip worth it.
Show off his quick wit, the 88-year-old former astronaut and Command Pilot in the u.s. air force was quick to tell Boness and the rest of Aldrin’s 1.4 million Twitter followers that he is the first selfie space, apropos of Thursday #NationalSelfieDay.
No tweets, but I do have the first selfie! In, from space! That was an expensive selfie stick! https://t.co/bSjSh1t7M4
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) June 21, 2018
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“No tweets, but I do have the first selfie!” Aldrin wrote. “From space! That was an expensive selfie-stick!”
The photo was taken on the Gemini 12 mission in 1966, Aldrin was the first company in the space, three years prior to joining Neil Armstrong the first men to set foot on the Moon.
In 2016, Aldrin spoke to Fox News about how he and Jim Lovell, best known as the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, took the first selfie in space.
“So we had the camera and we could not shoot this through the window. It was to be mounted on the space craft, company, so it wouldn’t shake,” Aldrin told Fox News. “And Jim Lovell would gently point in the right direction, shutting down the thrusters, so that they are not in the flash during the duration of the exposure.”
Aldrin continued, “I took a few photos of things we went over. And then I thought, I wonder if this would be able to take a picture of me with the ultraviolet film. So I turned around, clicked the camera and it turned out really well!”
In 2015, he was the intergalactic selfie went on the auction, selling for $9,200.
To make it short and sweet: this is a small module for the human being, a great Instagram-worthy moment for humanity.
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