Astronaut takes a funny selfie through a weightless bubble

Astronauts like to photograph the Earth in their free time from the best viewing place provided to them by the International Space Station. But one astronaut took advantage of microgravity to get a funny selfie. On February 12, NASA astronaut and Crew-5 expedition flight engineer Nicole Mann posed for a photo through a weightless bubble of water that refracted her image. A funny photo was posted on the page of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr.

Astronaut Nicole Mann’s selfie is refracted through a water bubble flying in microgravity aboard the ISS. Photo: Flickr

The picture was taken on board the International Space Station (ISS). It is unclear who has taken the photo, since it is only attributed to NASA, but the most talented photographer has perfectly lined up the picture. 

Mann’s eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth are turned up, and the rest of her head is shown correctly. Interestingly, when looking at the photo in more detail, you can notice micro-bubbles inside the water sphere, which show its image correctly.

The microbubbles refract the light once more, turning the Mann image in the right direction

It’s just the refraction

Refraction is the refraction of light during the transition from one transparent substance to another, for example, when light passes from air to water or from air to a glass lens. When light moves from one medium to another, it changes speed and direction. The prism is one of the most famous examples of refraction, splitting white light into rainbow colors. Refraction has many practical applications, in particular inside camera lenses and optical coatings that are put on them. Refraction also plays an important role in the formation of optical illusions and mirages.

Astronaut Nicole Mann

Mann boarded the ISS on October 6 last year after traveling on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that left the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral on October 5. She became the first Indian woman to travel in space. The astronaut went into outer space twice — on January 20 and February 2. She participated in the installation of deployed solar panels on the ISS (iROSA).

Earlier we reported that the photo of astronauts puzzled the Internet community.

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