Earth Portraits From Mars And Saturn

Earth Portraits From Mars And Saturn

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There is something humbling about seeing the vulnerability of our home planet Earth from distant space. The bright ‘dot’ in the sky seems so miniscule and insignificant, and yet that is our whole world. Everybody we know lives there (except for the 6 or so Astronauts in space at any one time of course). It really brings home how large the universe is and how small our part in the universe appears to be. 

This latest Earth portrait comes from our nearest planetary neighbour, Mars. The excellent rover, Curiosity took this for us about 88 minutes after sunset on Mars. Our planet and Mars were about 99 million miles apart when this was taken and yet if you stood on the surface of Mars you would be able to see Earth and the Moon with your naked eye.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

Earth from Saturn

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Recently we have also been treated to the Cassini spacecraft taking a picture of us from its orbit around Saturn. This portrait was taken from nearly 1 billion miles away. This time we were forewarned of the photo and asked to turn to Saturn smile and wave. Did you?

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

You might like this video on what the planets would look like from Earth if they were as close as the moon.

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