On July 19th 2013, the Cassini spacecraft was turned to image the Earth from Saturn orbit in a carefully planned mosaic of the Saturn system. At that very moment, people from all over the world looked up and smiled in celebration of our home planet and the life on it. An impressive 141 images from the cosmic photo shoot have been stitched together, and the final product features 4 planets, including Earth, more than 800 stars, and Saturn's expansive ring system spanning a distance of over 400,000 miles across. It represents the culmination of a hugely successful social media campaign designed to bring people together from all over the world in appreciation of our unique planet and our 'coming of age' as planetary explorers. Without further delay, the image we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! (Press release can be found here.)
Nov 12, 2013:
The Day the Earth Smiled - On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings -- and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.