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Pale Blue Dot: Distant Spacecraft Photograph Earth – NASA Science July 23, 2013

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Pale Blue Dot: Distant Spacecraft Photograph Earth – NASA Science.

Last Friday, many people all over the world took a moment to stop and wave at Saturn while the Cassini spacecraft snapped our picture. And what a great picture it is too!

You might also want to check out, or submit your own photos to, the Saturn Masaic Project, http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/tdtes-saturn-mosaic-project.html.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Pale Blue Dot reference, it comes from Carl Sagan, from a commencement speech “Reflections on a Mote of Dust” and his Book, the Pale Blue Dot. As Voyager 1 was headed out of the solar system, Sagan asked the team to turn the spacecraft to face each planet and take a picture, creating a Solar System Family Portrait. There’s a lovely poster with the Family Portrait and an excerpt from Sagan’s speech at http://arnett.us.com/psc/guest/SaganPoster1.pdf.

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