Earth from 900M miles away
The Cassini spacecraft has returned new photos of Earth, taken from nearly 900 million miles away.
In this rare image, taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on Cassini shows Saturn's rings with Earth visible as a tiny point of light in the background. The spacecraft is part of a cooperative project between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency.
Photos like this are very rare, this is only the third time our planet has been photographed from the outer solar system. Cassini was able to take this image, NASA said, because the sun had temporarily moved behind Saturn from the spacecraft's point of view and most of its light had been blocked. Just like our eyes, the camera's extremely sensitive sensors can easily be damaged by looking directly toward the sun.
July 27, 2013 8:00 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
| Caption by: James Martin
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