NASA Reveals Saturn’s View Of Earth

NASA image of Saturn with Mars, Venus and Earth
A July 19, 2013 view of Saturn, its rings and moons, as well as Earth, Venus and Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI.

NASA has unveiled a gorgeous Cassini spacecraft look at the Earth, Mars and Venus, as seen from behind Saturn.

In orbit around the ringed planet since 2004, Cassini set up the image when it passed into Saturn’s shadow on July 19, 2013. That allowed the spacecraft to capture the arrangement of rings, moons and worlds seen in the image.

It is a mosaic of 141 natural-color photos stitched together, spanning some 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) of Saturn and its rings.

The view captures a complete look at Saturn’s rings and seven of its moons, as well as all of the planets in the inner solar system, except for tiny Mercury, according to NASA.

“This mosaic provides a remarkable amount of high-quality data on Saturn’s diffuse rings, revealing all sorts of intriguing structures we are currently trying to understand,” said Cassini scientist Matt Hedman of the University of Idaho in Moscow, in a statement. The view shows the solar system as it looks from Saturn, just as it would be seen by the human eye.

The mosaic resulted from NASA’s “Wave at Saturn” campaign on July 19, where the space agency asked the public to wave back at the ringed planet as Cassini was taking their picture from across the solar system.

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