Images of a distant Earth taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on 19th July have been released, showing our planet and its moon as beacons shining in space from millions of miles away.
The colour images of Earth and the Moon where shot from Cassini’s location in the Saturn system nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away.
In the snaps Earth and the moon appear as mere dots – Earth a pale blue and the moon a stark white, visible between Saturn’s rings. This was the first time Cassini’s highest-resolution camera has captured Earth and its moon as two distinct objects.
It also marked the first time us Earthlings had advance notice our planet’s portrait was being taken from interplanetary distances, with scientists wanting to pay homage to the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990.
It is estimated over 20,000 people worldwide took part in the event, joining the fun on Twitter using the hashtag #smileatsaturn and posting their own images!
Can we do it again though please NASA? I think I may have blinked… 😉
Full story: NASA Cassini Website