By Hayley Pugh
The International Space Station has pulled off possibly the greatest photobomb of all time – zooming into the frame as a photographer took a snap of his friend climbing out of a glacier.
The spectacular sight of a brave climber emerging from a huge ice cave is usually more than enough for one picture but in this incredible photo, while one human can be seen climbing out of the Earth, six more can be spotted flying over it at speeds of up to 27,600 kilometres per hour.
The extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime image was taken by photographer, Paul Zizka, during a visit to the Athabasca Glacier in Canada.
Paul was photographing his friend, Takeshi Tani, ice climbing out of the giant glacier, when he spotted the International Space Station moving through the night sky.
Realising the unique opportunity Paul, an adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta, quickly began shooting to try and get the perfect shot.
He said: “I’d been planning this shoot for a while and had been hoping to capture the Millwells in the glacier under the night sky.
“Adding the element of Takeshi climbing out of the ice really showed just how unique this landscape was.
“I knew it was passing over our area during those few days but it hadn’t entered my mind to try and use it in my shot.
“As I began shooting I noticed it showing up in the images so quickly found a composition to utilise it.
“To the naked eye it would look like a bright star moving slowly across the sky but is quite apparent that’s it’s the space station when it shows up on the camera lcd screen.
“Once I realised what was going on, I had to scramble to find a better shot to line the space station up with the climber.
“It was a hectic few minutes trying to find an angle that would work so I was relieved once I knew I’d got the shot just in time.”