August 21, 2013
The Cassini spacecraft (that’s currently at Saturn) was in a specal alighnment with our planet on the 19th July 2013 and had a wonderful opportunity to take an image of our planet. With it’s wide-angle camera the spacecraft captured a stunning image of Saturn’s rings along with our planet Earth that was 1.5 billion kilometers away in the same photo frame. At this distance our Earth is a mere 1 pixel in diameter in the image…isn’t that amazing to think that all of mankind/ladykind are contained in that 1 little pixel. Full story at NASA
Linda Spilker who is a Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, wanted us earthlings to get involved in this exciting event and ‘Wave at Saturn’ at the same time as the Cassini spacecraft took an image of Earth. Our tiny Earth is too small to see people but as a happy and fun gesture more than 1400 people from all over the world did just that, and then the Cassini team made a wonderful mosaic of the event. These images came from all the dedicated Cassini social media sites like flickr, facebook, and twitter….
I have been involved with the Cassini mission now for 10 years in the role as one of NASA’s Saturn Observation Campaign Members so I set up my models of Saturn and the Cassini spacecraft and waved. At the time that the image was taken Australia was not facing toward Saturn…but that did not stop me from having fun and waving at Saturn too.
Please see below the stunning image that Cassini took of our tiny world and also the mosaic that the Cassini mission team has assembled of everyone waving that was released on the 21st August 2013… also my picture of waving at Saturn on the day :-))