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First selfie from space taken by Buzz Aldrin to go on sale

The ultimate selfie taken by Buzz Aldrin while floating above the earth 51 years ago has emerged for sale and is expected to fetch £1,200.

The astronaut posed for the first ever self-portrait photograph in space during the Gemini 12 mission in November 1966.

Aldrin spent five-and-a-half hours outside the spacecraft in three sorties.

During that time he photographed star fields and also found the time to take his ground-breaking snap.

The ultimate selfie taken by Buzz Aldrin while floating above the earth 51 years ago has emerged for sale. The astronaut posed for this image, the first ever self-portrait photograph in space, during the Gemini 12 mission in November 1966

The ultimate selfie taken by Buzz Aldrin while floating above the earth 51 years ago has emerged for sale. The astronaut posed for this image, the first ever self-portrait photograph in space, during the Gemini 12 mission in November 1966

THE GEMINI SPACE PROGRAM 

The Gemini program, which ran from 1965-66, was created to test equipment in earth orbit, and to train astronauts and ground crews for future Apollo missions.

Gemini 12 marked a successful conclusion of the program, demonstrating that astronauts could effectively work outside of a spacecraft.

During his sorties Aldrin was attached to a 30ft long umbilical cord and used a handrail to help him move along the shuttle and foot tethers to secure him in place while carrying out tasks.

Aldrin spent five-and-a-half hours outside the spacecraft in three sorties.

During that time he photographed star fields and also found the time to take this ground-breaking snap.

Three years after this photo was taken, Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins took part in the iconic Apollo 11 mission which saw Armstrong become the first man on the moon. 

The photo, which measures 8in by 10in (20cm by 25 cm), has belonged to a collector of vintage Nasa photographs from the Gemini missions since he purchased it in 2015.

Before that, it was stored in the Nasa archive as it has on its back the code NASA/66/69926.

The collector has now decided to put the photo on the market and it is tipped to sell for £1,200 at an auction to be held on September 14. 

It shows Aldrin, now 87, lifting the visor of his helmet so his forehead and eyes are visible, with the blue curve of the earth providing a stunning background.

In the bottom left of the photo is the Maurer 16mm sequence camera used to film the extra vehicular activity during the mission. 

Valentina Borghi, specialist at Bloomsbury Auctions in London, who are selling the photo, said: 'This photo has come from a private vendor whose father had a collection of 50 photos of Gemini missions.

'It has a code on it that signifies that it was stored in the NASA archive which increases its value.

'It is the first space selfie in history and anything related to the Gemini missions is highly sought after by collectors.

'In fact, the Gemini missions at the moment are more popular than the Apollo missions because those involved are seen as the pioneers of space exploration.

'This is almost the first time that somebody actually left the shuttle to get used to space walking.'

The Gemini program, which ran from 1965 to 66, was created to test equipment in earth orbit, and to train astronauts and ground crews for future Apollo missions.

Gemini 12 marked a successful conclusion of the program, demonstrating that astronauts could effectively work outside of a spacecraft. 

 The photo, which measures 8in by 10in (20cm by 25 cm), has belonged to a collector of vintage Nasa photographs from the Gemini missions. This image, not for sale, shows Aldrin (left) and Jim Lovell before the Gemini 12 mission

 The photo, which measures 8in by 10in (20cm by 25 cm), has belonged to a collector of vintage Nasa photographs from the Gemini missions. This image, not for sale, shows Aldrin (left) and Jim Lovell before the Gemini 12 mission

The collector has now decided to put the photo on the market and it is tipped to sell for £1,200 at an auction to be held on September 14. This image, also not for sale, shows Aldrin (left) and Jim Lovell after the splashdown of the Gemini 12 mission

The collector has now decided to put the photo on the market and it is tipped to sell for £1,200 at an auction to be held on September 14. This image, also not for sale, shows Aldrin

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