According to NASA on Twitter, the Earth can be incredibly small from Saturn’s perspective. Now, this image, which was basically captured in 2013, has surfaced on the internet and is driving space enthusiasts to euphoria. Cassini, a NASA-led mission, was responsible for all of this. Scroll down to learn everything about the image.
Using the microblogging site, it stated, “In 2013, the Cassini spacecraft captured this wide-angle view of Saturn and a chunk of its rings. That pale blue dot just below the rings? That’s Earth from about 898 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away.” The image shows Saturn’s magnificent rings in great detail in layman terms. Another characteristic of the image is a pale blue dot that is shining in the background, suspended in the cosmic darkness.
Cassini-Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to Saturn. The project was launched in the 1980s. It is NASA’s flagship mission and is among the probe to the planet Saturn. Cassini is the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of April 2017. It has studied the planet and its many natural satellites since arriving there in 2004.
Cassini during its probe discovered that the icy Saturn moon Enceladus conceals a sub-surface, salty ocean beneath its crust, and may be able to support living microbes. Project scientists believe that textbooks on planetary science will have to be re-written because of such discoveries. Its design includes a Saturn orbiter (Cassini) and a lander (Huygens) for the moon, Titan