How exactly does earth look like from other planets? Scientists have not necessarily agreed on the answer. Now NASA, the world’s biggest space administration, unveiled an image of Earth taken 900 million miles away, from the second biggest planet of our solar system.
According to NASA this photo was taken right beneath Saturn’s ring, shot using a wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft. Earth looks like a small pale blue dot from such huge distance. Due to the presence of a huge light source – the sun – it is almost impossible to capture earth with such magnificent clarity. That’s why this picture is just marvelous.
Linda Spilker, a scientist in Project Cassini, comments on the picture:
“We can’t see individual continents or people in this portrait of Earth, but this pale blue dot is a succinct summary of who we were on July 19. Cassini’s picture reminds us how tiny our home planet is in the vastness of space, and also testifies to the ingenuity of the citizens of this tiny planet to send a robotic spacecraft so far away from home to study Saturn and take a look-back photo of Earth.”