Cassini Snaps Amazing Earth-Moon Portrait

Written by The Night Sky Guy on July 22, 2013 – 6:24 pm -

n this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

n this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Check out this humbling new photograph taken by the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. The image was taken this past Friday afternoon and released late Monday, June 22nd.  Admittedly there is not much to see on the few pixels that make up Earth adn the Moon but it’s simply amazing to think that everything and everyone you know is on that little pale blue dot – as the late astronomer Carl Sagan so famously said.

You can check out more detailed images of Earth from Cassini and also the MESSENGER  spacecraft at Mercury.


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4 Responses to “Cassini Snaps Amazing Earth-Moon Portrait”

  1. By Wayne Willett on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    WOW! Just incredible! Thanks Night Sky Guy!

  2. By Stan Shapiro on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Andrew – I think you meant to say “released late Monday, July 22nd.”

  3. By Pansy Burke on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    Humbling to say the very least!!

  4. By WOOD on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    This idea sounds like something that premises a Family Guy cutaway gag.

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