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Probe captures world from 1.4 billion kilometers away

By Andrew Grant

Web edition: Jul 25, 2013


NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute

It’s some-more of the splendid blue smear than the dark blue dot, though Earth still looks extremely considerate in this Jul nineteen photograph. It was taken by NASA’s Cassini probe, which is some-more than 1.4 billion kilometers divided in circuit around Saturn.

Earth is only right of core in the photo, whilst the moon is hardly manifest as the tab off Earth’s right side. Saturn dominates the top left of the picture as well as the planet’s rings have been brightly illuminated.

Twenty-three years ago, unbeknownst to all though the handful of Earthlings, the NASA examine Voyager 1 took the important Pale Blue Dot mural of Earth, display it as the little pinch in the proportions of space. This time, there was allege warning. Carolyn Porco, who was upon the Voyager group as well as right away leads Cassini’s imaging efforts, voiced the latest print fire in June.  

The Cassini examine has been exploring Saturn as well as the moons given 2004. The latest picture is the single tile of the 33-tile mosaic which will embody Saturn as well as the complete ring system. The full mural is approaching in multiform weeks.

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