All Astronauts Need Some S-S-S-Space by David McMahon

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I’d like to say I shot this while a NASA astronaut did a moon walk or even a space walk repair mission outside the space shuttle Discovery.

But no, this is just a life-size metallic figure! (I must say, though, that the “reflection” on the visor is really interesting.)

This was shot in 2007 at the Moomba fairgrounds at the Alexandra Gardens here in Melbourne. Moomba is a 10-day carnival on the banks of the Yarra and this was shot the day after it had closed.

I was walking through the parkland as the rides and stalls were being dismantled and I just happened to notice this lonely astronaut propped up against a generator, awaiting shipment.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 88mm.

Featured in 60’s GLORY, October 2009.



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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks, Scott. A few minutes later and I would have missed this shot entirely!

    – David McMahon

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 5 years ago

    Hung over or just tilted springs to (my) mind.
    Your headlines crack me up :o))

  • Maybe it was a big night out at the pub! Thanks, BDazzled – I’m so glad my titles make you smile!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks, Betty. That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the figure there, just propped up against the generator!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Maybe he is just “spaced out” great shot David

  • Ah, nice pun, Shulie! Brought a big, broad grin to my face!

    – David McMahon

  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 5 years ago

    Nicely done David

  • Thanks, Frogster, appreciate your point of view. Glad the shot worked for you!

    – David McMahon

  • Lyndy
    Lyndyalmost 5 years ago

    And again, fantastic L:)X

  • And thank you, again! It was just one of those shots that had to be taken – before the astronaut was taken away.

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Good shot. With the right background, you can make people believe you were with him in space when you took his picture :-) – and then stand back and watch the conspiracy theories unfold :-)

  • Ah, I wish I’d thought of that!!!!

    – David McMahon

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