Italian Astronaut takes “out-of-the-world” photos during his first spacewalk

Luca Parmitano is a 36-year old Italian astronaut and Italian Air Force test pilot.

He’s curently orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station.


During his journey in the space, Parmitano, a flight engineer for Expedition 36, launched to the station on May 28, 2013, took some breathtaking images of the most beautiful spots of our planet that he’s published on his Facebook page.  On Jul. 9 2013, Luca has become the first Italian to take part in a spacewalk as he and Chris Cassidy conducted an EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) out of the ISS’ quest airlock to install power cables, retrieve material research samples (MISSE-8) and accomplish a number of maintenance tasks.

Among all the other things, during this first spacewalkm he also took some really stunning images (a few of those are included in this post), including a couple of “selfies”.


That’s how he commented his best one:

This sure beats any “selfie” I’ve done up to now

To see Parmitano’s amazing photos follow him on both Facebook and Twitter where he writes as @Astro_Luca.

selfie 2

All images via @Astro_Luca

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.