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Before this week, this image of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft was the most distant view of Earth taken from a planet in our solar system. As in the most recent pictures, Cassini had maneuvered between Saturn and the sun although it rings were still visible. The actual image shows the tiny dot between the rings.
Here's an enlarged view of the left side of this image showing our planet.
And here's a much larger view of this image. Click on it to make it even bigger.
On its way to Jupiter, the Juno spacecraft captured Earth and the moon in this image taken in August 2011. This image was taken about 6 million miles from Earth. Juno is on its way to Jupiter and should arrive in 2016.
Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio said, "This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely. This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves."
Today, Earth is constantly monitored by thousands of satellites for both good and evil purposes. Their findings have been invaluable in monitoring natural disasters and predicting patterns. Here's an image of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as it approaches land.