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Incredible photo of earth from 900 million miles away released by NASA

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On July 19th, the space probe, Cassini, launched by NASA, took this photo of earth from 900 million miles away. Actually it was 898,410,414 miles away as the spacecraft orbited the planet Saturn.

Earth can be seen as the bright object in the middle of the photo. The moon can also be seen right below it. This is a unprocessed image that came directly from the Cassini spacecraft. It is a “raw” photo.

The Cassini imaging team will process the image, combining various filters and using both narrow-angle and wide-angle views of Earth.

This is only the third image ever taken of earth from the outer solar system. The historic photo is part of a larger project to create a highly detailed multi-image photo of Saturn at a point when the planet is backlit by the sun and illuminated for ultimate visibility.

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