Earth as seen from Saturn
I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of Earth taken by the Cassini Space Probe now in orbit around Saturn.
Taken from 898 million miles away, we’re that tiny blue dot, drifting in the black between Saturn’s rings and the blue smear at the bottom. The blue smear is Saturn’s E ring. This picture is only part of a huge Mosaic shot on July 19, 2013 that will include all of Saturn with Earth in the shot as you see in this segment.
This is only the third picture of Earth from the Outer Solar System. One of the earlier pictures was also taken by Cassini, back in 2006. The one before that was by Voyager 1 way back in 1990—the famous Pale Blue Dot.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.