Astronaut floating above Earth. Here is the truth behind the viral picture

Astronaut floating above Earth. Here is the truth behind the viral picture

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, January 14

An image of an astronaut moving about in the space has gone viral on social media. While many are wandering how this was possible, others were skeptical about the authenticity of the image.

A Twitter user, who posted the photo, wrote: “Insane picture of astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first person to conduct an untethered free flight in space”.

But what is the truth behind the picture.

Believe it or not, the untethered spacewalk is a fact. A report by USA Today confirmed that parts of the viral photo were taken from the 1984 picture of astronaut Bruce McCandless II during the first-ever untethered spacewalk.

That year, Mr McCandless and fellow astronaut Robert Lee Stewart piloted a jet propulsion backpack, called the Manned Maneuvering Unit.

While the untethered spacewalk did take place, the photo shared on Twitter is definitely digitally altered. According to USA Today, the original NASA image did not show the mountain ranges that are visible in the viral photo. Instead, the Earth image was taken from a mountain range photo, captured during a flight from Toronto to Beijing, China.

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