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NASA releases first-of-its-kind portrait of Saturn


Photo by NASA

NASA released a new, natural-color portrait of Saturn on Tuesday. It is the first such image to showcase Saturn, its rings and moons, with Earth, Venus and Mars all visible as well.

The mosaic was a combination of 141 wide-angle images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft across a sweep of 404,880 miles and meant to resemble the view “as it would be seen by human eyes.” The images were captured by Cassini in July in an event where NASA invited the people of Earth to smile and wave during the taking of the photographs. While the resolution of the portrait is great, no, you cannot zoom in far enough to see yourself on Earth.

NASA released an annotated version of the photo, which labels each object of interest:


H/T Justin Scuiletti

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