Cassini’s Photo from Saturn’s Shadow

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Space Face

Back in July of this year, NASA’s Cassini orbiter moved into the shadow of Saturn and proceeded to photograph a panorama of the planet from a perspective we usually aren’t able to view. NASA has finally released the resulting image and I have to say, it’s absolutely breathtaking. Within the scope of this image you can make out seven of Saturn’s sixty-two satellites (Enceladus, Prometheus, Epimetheus, Tethys, Janus, Mimas, and Pandora) as well as the planets Mars, Venus, and our very own Earth! Of course the main subject in the photo is Saturn itself and with the backlight provided by the sun, the planet’s rings of ice and dust provide a spectacular sight against the backdrop of our solar system. This view reminds me of the Pale Blue Dot image taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, both images show the Earth as this tiny blue speck and it really hits…

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