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NASA's Cassini spacecraft, circling Saturn since 2004, pointed its cameras at Earth on July 19. Cassini is 900 million miles from Earth, yet was able to capture images of both the Earth and the moon using its technology from the 1990s when it lifted off from Earth. Imagine what the images would look like if today's technology was available to it.
Just taking the images was difficult. Normally from Saturn, Earth appears close to the sun and Cassini's photographic equipment could be damaged by looking at it. But Cassini had moved to a location where the ringed planet blocked out the sun so it was able to snap the portraits.
Scientists will be working for weeks to assemble a wide-angle image of Earth that will become part of a mosaic of Saturn's rings.
NASA had publicized this photo opportunity by asking people around the world to wave at Cassini while it was taking images of Earth.
In this gallery, we'll show you a sample of how our planet looks from various locations around our solar system.Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
The July 19 images captured both the Earth and the moon from Saturn for the first time.
One of the first photos of Earth from the first man in space was taken by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during his orbital flight in April, 1961.