See the First Selfie from Space

Mar 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm |

Selfies are not a new thing.

While largely associated with millennial vanity, the selfie has been around almost as long as photography itself. The first known selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius, an American photography pioneer, in 1839. While he hadn’t yet discovered the flattering high angle or duck face shot, it is a noteworthy selfie nonetheless.

In 1914, a 13-year-old Grand Duchess of Russia took a picture of herself in a mirror to send to her friend, basically making herself a precursor of MySpace and tweens everywhere. But it wouldn’t be for almost another 100 years before selfies would really take off, becoming one of Time magazine’s buzz words in 2012 and going on to even more notoriety in 2014 with the release of the Chainsmokers’ eponymous song.

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But this week, the biggest selfie to make news isn’t a new one, it’s from 1966. What makes it so important? It’s the first space selfie, taken by Buzz Aldrin during the Gemini 12 mission.

Aldrin (85) is famous for being the second man to step foot on the Moon, but now he’s famous for a new reason. The photograph, which the astronaut took of himself during an extravehicular activity (EVA or time spent outside the spaceship), recently went on sale at London’s Bloomsbury Auction. It fetched a whopping $9,000+, over ten times the house’s original estimate.

At a price tag like that and a high profile like Buzz Aldrin’s, don’t you think it’s definitive proof that selfies have finally established some true cultural significance? You can go make up your mind, but first, let me take a selfie.

Smile and say “prune!” The world’s first space selfie just went on auction, and you won’t believe how much it sold for. Find out!