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Jun 19, 2013

THE REGISTER - NASA probe eases through Saturn's ring to grab Earth snapshot, Jun 19, 2013

Cassini picture of Earth from Saturn 2006
"NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earthlings' home planet from the viewpoint of aliens on Saturn today, snapping the image from hundreds of millions of miles away. "While Earth will be only about a pixel in size from Cassini's vantage point 1.44 billion kilometres away, the team is looking forward to giving the world a chance to see what their home looks like from Saturn," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Earth will seem like a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn in the image, part of a mosaic of the planet's system that Cassini is taking. Cassini has taken mosaics of the Saturn system twice before: once in 2006 and again in 2012. This, however, will be the first mosaic to capture the images with the Earth in natural colour. It will also be the first to use the craft's highest-resolution camera."
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