Photos of Earth, Taken 900M Miles Away
We're just a dot in NASA pics
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2013 3:48 AM CDT
This July 19, 2013 image from the Cassini spacecraft shows the planet Earth, annotated by NASA with a white arrow, lower right, below Saturn's rings.   (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

(Newser) – Stunning new pictures taken from near Saturn and Mercury make our planet look pretty insignificant. We're just a tiny dot next to Saturn in an image taken by the NASA spacecraft Cassini, Space.com reports. That makes it a little tough to see that some 20,000 humans were reportedly waving toward Saturn when the picture was taken. Saturn was experiencing a total eclipse of the sun at the time; that meant Cassini could snap its shot of Earth, some 898 million miles away, without getting damaged by the light.

"Cassini's picture reminds us how tiny our home planet is in the vastness of space, and also testifies to the ingenuity of the citizens of this tiny planet to send a robotic spacecraft so far away from home," says a Cassini scientist. For pictures of Earth taken from Mercury—a mere 61 million miles away—on the same day, head to Space.com.

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Jul 24, 2013 12:22 AM CDT
Yep a house is very insignificant thing but humans living inside call it a Home. We're just 52 years old as a space race.
njguy54
Jul 23, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
Funny to think that our ancestors thought of Earth as the center of the universe, when in fact we're just a tiny speck orbiting a star that's a tiny speck in a galaxy that's a tiny speck in the scheme of things...
schmidtkoff
Jul 23, 2013 8:06 AM CDT
I have always loved photos and programs about space. The vastness of it boggles the mind. I spend a lot of time watching the SCI channel and love the series Through The Wormhole an narrated by Morgan Freeman. Actually I like most of the programs on the SCI channel. Sure beats Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo HOO and the whole lot of other crappy shows.