Astronomers have long observed Saturn and its rings using telescopes that have been placed on Earth and in space. The mysterious planet has always excited scientists. But what does Earth look like from Saturn’s point of view? NASA has shared a photo of the second largest planet and some of its rings, which also shows how our Earth is compared to Saturn. It appears like a shiny, tiny dot against a vast blue canvas. The wide-angle image was captured by the Cassini spacecraft in 2013.
While Saturn is about 1.61 billion km from Earth, the image was taken from about 1.4 billion km away from us. An ambitious probe launched by Cassini was NASA in October 1997. For 13 years, the spacecraft and its accompanying Huygens probe explored Saturn, a vast world ruled by raging storms and a delicate harmony of gravity and its icy moons. Then the scientists decided to send it on its last journey. Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017 and ended its life. It sent science figures to the end. The mission was a joint project by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
This view was captured from about 20 degrees below the ring plane, looking at the unpaired side of the rings. NASA has said that images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color scene. The agency said this was only the third time that Earth had been imaged from the outer solar system. During their mission life, Cassini and Huygens detailed the true wonders of Saturn. The probe pair reveals Titan to be one of the most Earth-like worlds humanity has ever encountered, according to this NASA.
Before reaching Saturn in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft also helped scientists Study Jupiter for six months in 2000.
NASA regularly shares stunning pictures on its social media handles which are captured by its various missions.
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