EARTH AND MOON FROM CASSINI & SATURN – CLOSE UP.
Photo By: NASA Cassini Spacecraft (Links below).
Here is the closest photo of the Earth Moon system from the July 19 “Wave at Saturn Day”. Magnified five times from the original wide angle camera photo you can clearly make out the Earth, Moon and their individual shades of color from a distance of just under a billion miles from us. I just find it amazing that the furthest our species has ever traveled from home is that small dot, actually still considered “home” in this photo. Visit the links below for many more images and information.
NASA JPL Earth from Saturn page: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20130722/
NASA JPL Earth from Saturn photos: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-229
Planetary Society page on this event: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/07230301-cassini-pretty-picture-earth-moon.html
CICLOPS page for this event: http://www.ciclops.org/view_event/194/A_Very_Special_Day_in_the_Life_of_Planet_Earth
Planetary Society page for Earth Moon photo collections from spacecraft: http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/earth/pics-of-earth-by-planetary-spacecraft.html
The Day Earth Smiled: http://thedaytheearthsmiled.com/info.php