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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

(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.

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"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. (Read more NASA stories.)

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