CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

A Very Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth

Cassini's imaging of Earth on July 19, 2013 was an event that was shared the world over. It was the first time we inhabitants of Earth had advance knowledge that we and our planet would be imaged from nearly a billion miles away.

From the US to New Zealand, England to South Africa, we used the opportunity to contemplate our cosmic whereabouts, the uniqueness of our lush, life-giving planet, and the significance of our own existence.

Here are the images of Earth, taken during that event, that we all have been waiting for. (Press release can be found here.)

Jul 22, 2013: The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview - In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, Cassini's wide angle camera has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its Moon in the same frame.
Jul 22, 2013: One Special Day in the Life of Planet Earth - The high resolution camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this rare look at the Earth and its Moon from Saturn orbit on July 19, 2013.
Alliance Member Comments
Mercury_3488 (Aug 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM):
Hi Carolyn, did Cassini capture Mars too to the upper left of the rings 01:00 HRS UTC on Saturday 20th July 2013????

Image: W00083050.

Anyway, what a great set of observations alomg with those from Mercury orbit by the MESSENGER spacecraft on the same day !!!!!!!

Andrew R Brown.
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Jul 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM):
Everyone: SO happy to see your comments and know you were as moved as I was by this event. It was indeed a new triumph for our planet and its intrepid inhabitants.
pizwiz (Jul 24, 2013 at 7:01 AM):
Whenever my head gets a little swelled with self-importance, one look at this image will immediately remind me of our importance in the Universe.
rheininger (Jul 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM):
What a show! I am very happy, I live in a blue dot in the middle of the infinite universe! Wow! Now, I am waiting for a Earth's photo from the Mars surface and ,perhaps, from the Pluto...! Congratulations Carolyn!
dholmes (Jul 23, 2013 at 6:46 AM):
A true triumph for our planet. Does this not take our breath away as well as inspire us to go forth and explore more of "what's out there"?

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