This graphic shows the view of Earth and the portion of its surface that will be illuminated during the Earth imaging event on July 19, 2013. In both the final composited mosaic of Saturn and its rings, and in the high resolution narrow angle camera images, the illuminated portion of Earth will be no more than one pixel wide.
The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.