Image of the day: Astronaut takes the best selfie in the history of the Solar System

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Feb 25, 2015, 11:46 AM EST (Updated)

There are selfies, and then there is the epic piece of photographic awesomeness that astronaut Barry Wilmore has created. Well done, sir.

Wilmore, commander of the International Space Station's current Expedition 42, spent much of Feb. 21 on a space walk around the station making upgrades so the facility can — to put it simply — accept space taxis in the near future. NASA has commissioned companies like SpaceX and Boeing to develop some truly awesome craft that are slated to start ferrying U.S. astronauts to the station in 2017. It just needed a few tweaks to make sure everyone could get in smoothly.

But all that is beside the point — while outside the station making the necessary upgrades, Wilmore snapped the above shot of himself with the strikingly gorgeous ocean and clouds behind him. There are two more space walks scheduled in the next few weeks to finish the job, but we doubt they'll produce anything this surprisingly cool.

These folks obviously have an important and dangerous job to do up there, but man, that’s one heck of a view.

(Via NASA)