Astronauts Take Stellar Selfie During Historic Spacewalk

British astronaut Tim Peake and NASA’s Tim Kopra ventured outside the International Space Station early Friday to repair a power unit during a spacewalk — and documented it with an out-of-this-world selfie:

But first, let me take a #selfie. Astronauts pause for a selfie during #spacewalk. Watch:

— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) January 15, 2016

The astronauts were tasked with replacing the power system’s Sequential Shunt Unit, which is an electrical box. After about 2 hours and 11 minutes, the astronauts installed a replacement unit and brought full power back to the space station.

The historic mission was not only the first spacewalk of the year, but also the first time a British citizen has walked in space.

The Associated Press reported:

As Peake floated out, space station commander Scott Kelly called out, “Hey Tim, it’s really cool seeing that Union Jack go outside. It’s explored all over the world. Now it’s explored space.”

Replied Peake, the first spacewalker to wear the Union Jack on the shoulder of his suit: “It’s great to be wearing it, a huge privilege, a proud moment.”

The spacewalk is still happening and can be watched live on NASA TV:

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