Reflections on Planet Earth
This reflective view, taken by astronaut Michael Fossum, 250 miles above planet Earth from International Space Station. Image © Michael Fossum, STS-121 Mission, NASA
The self-portrait picture was taken on July 8 during a space walk, or extravehicular activity, while the Discovery orbiter was docked with the International Space Station.
Turning his camera to snap a picture of his own helmet visor, he also recorded the reflection of his fellow mission specialist, Piers Sellers, near picture center and one of the space station’s gold-tinted solar power arrays arching across the top. Of course, the horizon of our fair planet lies in background.