Cassini Probe Takes Image Of Earth From Saturn Orbit

Our planet and its only satellite appear only as dots in the picture, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on 19 July.

Scientists wanted to pay homage to the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990.

This was the first time people knew in advance that their long distance picture was being taken.

As part of the event launched by Nasa, people were asked to wave in what Carolyn Porco, who leads Cassini’s camera team, described as an “interplanetary cosmic photo session”.

“It thrills me no end that people all over the world took a break from their normal activities to go outside and celebrate the interplanetary salute between robot and maker that these images represent,” said Dr Porco, from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Source: BBC

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