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Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Ring King

Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18278
Added: 2014-08-18

Views: 174

Ring King

Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.
The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.

Shepherd and Flock

The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.

Target: Pandora
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18271
Added: 2014-08-11

Views: 160

Shepherd and Flock

The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.

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Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.
Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.

Saturn Imitates the Moon

Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18276
Added: 2014-07-21

Views: 841

Saturn Imitates the Moon

Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.

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Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.
Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.

A Dot Does a Lot

Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18272
Added: 2014-07-14

Views: 607

A Dot Does a Lot

Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.

Vortex and Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18274
Added: 2014-07-07

Views: 3407

Vortex and Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.

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The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.
The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.

Arrival and Departure at Phoebe

The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.

Target: Phoebe
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18411
Added: 2014-06-11

Views: 322

Arrival and Departure at Phoebe

The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.

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Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

High Vortex

Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17169
Added: 2014-06-02

Views: 365

High Vortex

Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.
This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.

Still Alive

This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17143
Added: 2014-05-12

Views: 402

Still Alive

This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.

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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.
This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.

Titan's Crescents

This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17163
Added: 2014-05-05

Views: 382

Titan's Crescents

This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.

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Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Me and My Shadow

Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17162
Added: 2014-04-28

Views: 669

Me and My Shadow

Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Circles on Saturn

Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17160
Added: 2014-04-14

Views: 554

Circles on Saturn

Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.

Looking Down on Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17159
Added: 2014-04-07

Views: 486

Looking Down on Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.

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Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Four Moons

Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17157
Added: 2014-03-24

Views: 603

Four Moons

Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.
Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.

Crescent Saturn

Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17156
Added: 2014-03-17

Views: 520

Crescent Saturn

Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.

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Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Shadows and Rings

Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17154
Added: 2014-03-03

Views: 1423

Shadows and Rings

Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.
Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.

Round and Round

Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17147
Added: 2014-02-03

Views: 958

Round and Round

Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.

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Scientists can use images such as this one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.
Scientists can use images such as this one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.

Polarized Surge

Scientists can use images such as this one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17152
Added: 2014-01-20

Views: 923

Polarized Surge

Scientists can use images such as this one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.

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Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.
Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.

'Tis the Season

Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17176
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 3984

'Tis the Season

Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.

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The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Painted Lines on an Ornament

The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17175
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 7324

Painted Lines on an Ornament

The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.
Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.

Saturn's Polar Jet

Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17141
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 3481

Saturn's Polar Jet

Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.

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To the infrared eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's graceful clouds sometimes take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting of the giant planet.
To the infrared eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's graceful clouds sometimes take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting of the giant planet.

Impressionistic Saturn

To the infrared eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's graceful clouds sometimes take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting of the giant planet.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17127
Added: 2013-11-18

Views: 2229

Impressionistic Saturn

To the infrared eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's graceful clouds sometimes take on the appearance of an impressionist's painting of the giant planet.

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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.
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.

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17172
Added: 2013-11-12

Views: 182151

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.

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Saturn's rings appear to form a majestic arc over the planet in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's rings appear to form a majestic arc over the planet in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Arc Across the Heavens

Saturn's rings appear to form a majestic arc over the planet in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17131
Added: 2013-09-09

Views: 1404

Arc Across the Heavens

Saturn's rings appear to form a majestic arc over the planet in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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The area within Saturn's north polar hexagon is shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to contain myriad storms of various sizes, not the least of which is the remarkable and imposing vortex situated over the planet's north pole.
The area within Saturn's north polar hexagon is shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to contain myriad storms of various sizes, not the least of which is the remarkable and imposing vortex situated over the planet's north pole.

Stormy North

The area within Saturn's north polar hexagon is shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to contain myriad storms of various sizes, not the least of which is the remarkable and imposing vortex situated over the planet's north pole.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17122
Added: 2013-08-05

Views: 2169

Stormy North

The area within Saturn's north polar hexagon is shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to contain myriad storms of various sizes, not the least of which is the remarkable and imposing vortex situated over the planet's north pole.

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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.

The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17171
Added: 2013-07-22

Views: 135785

The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.

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