This past Friday, the Cassini spacecraft captured a picture of Earth through Saturn’s rings.
The image is only the third ever taken of Earth from the outer solar system (home to the gas giants and their moons).
It is also the first time that everyone knew the picture was going to be taken in advance. As I reported earlier, that knowledge prompted a lot of interesting events to celebrate the occasion.
From 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away, the Earth is a small blue dot. If you look closely, you can see the moon next to the Earth (naturally).
So did you see me waving? Leave me a message and let me know how you celebrated this historic first.
– Ex astris, scientia –
I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine. As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +