Netizens React to Nasa’s ‘Most Terrifying Space Photo’

For some people the thought of floating in space can be liberating, for others it can be unnerving. A photo evoking both of these feelings went viral on social media.

Netizens have been mesmerized by the photo of astronaut Bruce McCandless II floating in the dark void of space as the blue surface of the Earth looms beneath him. The photo, taken nearly four decades ago in February 1984, was clicked as McCandless II stepped off the Challenger space shuttle to rehearse for one Satellite Repair Mission.

This was the first time an astronaut entered space while not attached to the spacecraft.

After a 1984 New York Times Article, McCandless II was 170 miles (273.5 kilometers) above the surface of the earth when this photo was taken. The article states that McCandless II orbited the Earth alongside his space shuttle at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour, but due to the “virtual vacuum of space, he felt none of its speed.”

The McCandless II spacewalk photo was shared on Twitter by a popular science site known as @Sciencenature14. While the photo was tweeted, the Twitter page described it as “perhaps the most terrifying space photo yet.” The tweet soon garnered over 1.5 lakh likes in just one day.

One Twitter user wrote: “If I were an astronaut I would only do stuff like this to take photos for Instagram and caption them like ‘In My Own Lane.’

Leave a Comment