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Look: Cassini Photographs Earth From Deep Space

From 900 million miles away, Earth looked like a tiny speck of light
Related: Space
July 22, 2013

This image of Earth was taken on July 19, 2013 and received on Earth July 20, 2013. The camera was about 898,414,528 miles away. (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Our planet might have been ready for its close-up, but this particular camera wasn't going to capture that kind of image.

NASA'S Cassini spacecraft, orbiting Saturn roughly 900 million miles away, turned its camera on Earth on July 19 and captured several images of the planet, a tiny speck of light amidst the blackness of space.

The images were taken while North America was in sunlight. People gathered at observatories and elsewhere to wave toward Saturn. Many tweeted about the experience with the hashtag #WaveAtSaturn.

SEE ON SKYE: Stunning New Images of Earth Captured by Cassini

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lindsay

looks like a dot. go outside and look up. money for that?

July 23 2013 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crewp70

It looks much worse since Obama's been in office, From, ANY, perspective.

July 23 2013 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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burnink

Why are you so damn stupid?

July 23 2013 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lindsay

looks like its gettin ready to blow

July 23 2013 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ducklakeman

too bad all the dumb ass, dimwitted obama-lovers lessen the sparkle of our planet

July 23 2013 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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carosarmiento4

You'll say the same about every president elected. I'm sorry, what are you doing to make the world a better place? Shut up and quit with the ignorance. You don't like the president? Then why don't you become one? People like you...

July 24 2013 at 2:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loranpilling

I'm 55 now and it's been a cool time to live because so many of man's scientific breakthroughs happened. However, we are nations often at war with each other. We still believe we are this special creature created by a god. Some believe we are alone in this universe. Looking at these pictures really puts it into the proper light, the blue light of earth. We aren't much, even among the animals on our own planet. I will say that it is a beautiful planet from afar.

July 23 2013 at 2:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dungal1

Just another speck in the Universe. God knows what else is out there.

July 23 2013 at 10:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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timber1647

Yeah, he/she probably does.

July 23 2013 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
weezy

Every Planet is a star From a distance:

July 23 2013 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
emmett

In the first picture in the article are two objects photographed, is the bright one the earth and the smaller one the moon?

July 23 2013 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cynthia Beattie

The brighter one is the sun and the smaller one is the earth.

July 23 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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emmett

Thank you, Cynthia .

July 23 2013 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
rtheryoung

If you think these pictures are good you should go to Google Universe and check out the entire solar system.

July 23 2013 at 9:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
easyg444

This is a WOW!!! Just to imagine seeing the earth from such a distance and knowing there's endless space out there.

July 23 2013 at 9:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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