Cassini releases 1,400 image mosaic of Earth waving at Saturn

A mosaic of more than 1,400 images of taken around the world of people waving back at NASA’s Cassini spacecraft the day it took a picture of Earth as part of a larger mosaic of the Saturn system. The images arrived at NASA via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ and e-mail. Click for large version. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Are you in this photo? People around the world shared more than 1,400 images
of themselves as part of NASA’s Wave at Saturn event on July 19. Cassini used its high-resolution camera that day to snap a portrait of the pale blue dot Earth alongside the planet Saturn. Meanwhile, back on the planet, we waved back.

A small cropped portion of the mosaic pictured above. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“While Earth is too small in the images Cassini obtained to distinguish any individual human beings, the mission has put together this collage so that we can celebrate all your waving hands, uplifted paws, smiling faces and artwork,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Earth is the blue dot in this photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn on July 19, 2013 from a distance of 898 million miles (1.44 billion km). The dark side of Saturn, its bright limb, the main rings, the F ring, and the G and E rings are clearly seen. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

3 thoughts on “Cassini releases 1,400 image mosaic of Earth waving at Saturn

  1. Bob, I have seemingly good news regarding Comet ISON. Yesterday, I was reading that at discovery the magnitude was 18.8. The comet has brightened to about magnitude 13 right now which would be a 6 magnitude brightening. That is about what you would expect for a comet that is roughly about one third of the distance to the Sun than it was 11 months ago. Even then it was closer to the Sun than Saturn is now. Any how if the comet brightens to magnitude 7 within the first week of November when it is about 70 million miles from the Sun, I am quite confident that we will get a good show out of this one.

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