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:

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

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

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

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

Photo op before reentry:

Ready to install the Starboard RGB:

Taking a moment to say hello to Chris:

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

Columbus is visible in the reflection:

One last glance at the Earth, before reentry:

All images by ESA/NASA