In about the time it once took to get Pocket Instamatic photos back from the drug store, NASA has processed and unveiled the latest portrait of Earth, taken by the Cassini orbiter currently touring Saturn and its moons.
Taken Friday and released Monday, the image is the second snapshot of the third rock from the sun Cassini has captured. The first appearance was serendipity, with Earth lurking in the background in a stunning backlit portrait of Saturn that Cassini took in 2006.
Taken from from a distance of 1.3 million miles, that image shows Saturn as a huge, darkened disk bordered by a thin ring of sunlit atmosphere and centered within its array of diaphanous, glowing rings.
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