A Shot Looking Back At Earth Through Saturn's Rings

April 21, 2017

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In pale blue dot fashion, this is a shot looking back at earth, taken from between Saturn's rings by the the Cassini spacecraft (at first I thought there were two planets, but one was just a spec of dust on my screen). The Cassini probe will experience its planned destruction on September 17th when it crashes through Saturn's atmosphere, a method of disposal chosen to prevent any biological contamination to Saturn's moons. So the Saturnian moon-tribes are probably happy about that, but I doubt the actual Saturnians will be. We'll probably wipe them out with cooties or something. "What's cooties?" It's when your butt itches so bad you try to dig up in there whenever nobody's looking. I used to get it a lot while I was younger. "Before you finally learned how to wipe?" I thought the paper was for doodling!

Keep going for a closeup (but still far, far, far away).

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Thanks to Michael, who hopes the Saturnians attack the spacecraft before it reaches their atmosphere and declare war on earth.

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  • Jason Christopher

    "Look at that, you son of a bitch"

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    Photos of Earth from afar always stop me in my tracks. Our precious biosphere is sitting there exposed to all the universe can throw at it. To think that at the very instant this photo was taken there were millions of people mixing eachothers fluids. We truly are small in this vast universe.

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  • Shawn

    I wonder why Earth is visible and no other stars are?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Have you ever taken a picture of the stars at night? It's not easy. You have to have a camera (or a camera+telescope setup) that can track the movement of the sky while keeping the exposure open long enough to gather enough light from the stars.

    Now try to do that while you're moving at around 4,000 mph in an orbit (relative to Saturn), with 20+ year old equipment, with instructions that were sent to you an hour before. Suddenly the task gets a little more complicated, doesn't it?

    Take quick snapshots, as many as possible and let the folks back home sift through the best ones that they can find.

  • Shawn

    You seem angry.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    It's not anger. It's impatience with questions that are easily resolved with a Google search and a little thought. The tone of the original comment is akin to those who claim that the lunar landing pictures are fake because there aren't any stars in the images.

  • Not Josh Dugan

    Sometimes having a conversation and discussing photographing stars is better than doing a quick Google search. It's almost like interacting with another person.

  • Shawn

    I didn't meant to imply that any of the photos are fake. And I have done more than a "simple google search" and I find so many different responses that I haven't heard a clear answer yet. Your answer doesn't tell me why Earth gives off enough light but billions of stars do not.

  • I can see my house from there.

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