Illinois astronaut took a great selfie mid-spacewalk

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University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins has been on the International Space Station since September. He spent his Christmas Eve carrying out urgent spacewalks to repair damaged cooling systems but that didn’t preclude him from taking this amazing selfie mid-walk.

Thankfully, NASA shared it with the world –

On Dec. 24, 2013, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participates in the second of two U.S. spacewalks, spread over a four-day period, which were designed to allow the crew to change out a faulty water pump on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. He was joined on both spacewalks by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, whose image shows up in Hopkins’ helmet visor. Today, Dec. 27, 2013, Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) have ventured outside the orbiting outpost to install a pair of high fidelity cameras on a platform attached to the Zvezda Service Module as part of a commercial arrangement between Roscosmos and a Canadian company to downlink Earth observation imagery. This is the last of six Russian spacewalks planned for this year. Image Credit: NASA #spacewalk #astronauts #astropix #earth #nasa #iss #spacestation #exp38 #nofilterFollow

Mike Hopkins posts all sorts of amazing photos on Twitter so you should probably check him out.

[Via NASA on Instagram]

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