Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker

No doubt: the following spacewalk photos are the best I have seen in a very long time. I just cannot stop staring at the stunning photos captured during the spacewalk of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA's Chris Cassidy, on the 9th of July, released by the European Space Agency today on its webpage and on Flickr.

The spacewalk, the first for Luca and the fifth for Chris, lasted 6 hours and 7 minutes, and this was the first of two Expedition 36 excursions to prepare the International Space Station for a new Russian module and perform additional installations on the station’s backbone. (The second spacewalk is scheduled for 16 July.)

Here are the amazing images of Luca Parmitano's first spacewalk, commented by the Italian astronaut:

While retrieving the MISSE8 experiment, I’m on the “highest” point of the ISS:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


Changing the socket on my PGT, after recovering the CPLA:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


Flying over Columbus, I’m the farthest away from Earth…

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


My wrist mirror refects my visor, which reflects the Earth:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


On the Canadarm, on the way to the port side:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


Photo op before reentry:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


Ready to install the Starboard RGB:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


Taking a moment to say hello to Chris:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


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

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


Columbus is visible in the reflection:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker


One last glance at the Earth, before reentry:

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker

All images by ESA/NASA