Cassini’s Voyage

NASA images from the edge of the solar system / 23rd Jul 2013

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While busy with commercial work – a separate post to come soon – I thought it of note to post this incredible image. Taken by the Cassini space probe (which happens to be near* Saturn) of Saturn’s rings and the Earth in the distance (annotated).

What makes this incredible is twofold: first and foremost, the technology involved in doing this and, second, it is only the third time an actual image of the Earth has been photographed from the outer solar system showing, amongst other things, how small and insignificant the Earth looks from a mere 900 million miles away.

NASA has also published raw images – devoid of filtration etc – and these themselves are, to my mind, works of art.

* 581,000 miles (936,011 kilometers) or so away from Saturn.

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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