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PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.

 
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PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn. Our planet has been photographed twice before from the outer solar system, but this is the first time it has been recorded in natural color, as human eyes would see it. In the image, just released by NASA, Earth is a pale blue dot:

Normally, distant spacecraft cannot photograph Earth because Earth is so close to the sun. Glare prevents imaging. Cassini took advantage of a rare eclipse of the sun by Saturn itself. With the sun blocked by the body of the ringed planet, Earth became visible to Cassini's cameras.

The picture of Earth is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system. "Seeing the whole mosaic of the backlit rings when it is put together will be incredible," says Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Researchers are working on the ensemble now, and they expect it to be ready in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

[link to spaceweather.com]
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Thanks OP.... very cool pic

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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
awesome
thanks OP

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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
Now the big Q is who would find that DOT in the middle of nowhere.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
It looks like a blue STAR

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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
I was just watching this on Fox. It was cool cause they were playing, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in the background.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
It looks like a blue STAR

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Kind of makes me wonder about other blue stars we see out there. hf
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I can still her in the picture

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saturn worship
he does not always mean who you think
he's got the whole world in his hands.

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Dammit I was blinking!

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saturn worship
he does not always mean who you think
he's got the whole world in his hands.

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I don't understand. But I do like that song cause I thought it was about God.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
Seeing he Earth that way from such a distance is really cool.

It gives us a new perspective on just how significant (not!) our planet is in the grand scheme of things!

Thanks OP.
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saturn worship
he does not always mean who you think
he's got the whole world in his hands.

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I don't understand. But I do like that song cause I thought it was about God.
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it is about god,but some peoples god is saturn.
its all relative.
it is a wonderful photograph.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
saturn worship
he does not always mean who you think
he's got the whole world in his hands.

saturn
 Quoting: okaythistimefrorreal 40166867


I don't understand. But I do like that song cause I thought it was about God.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25673293


it is about god,but some peoples god is saturn.
its all relative.
it is a wonderful photograph.
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Ok. Thanks. BTW congrats to your country on the new baby. hf
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
The picture the BBC used looks faked to me?

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
I love posts like this!
Keep 'em coming guys and BUMPIN' BUMPIN'

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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
how the hell is the earth so big?
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
The picture the BBC used looks faked to me?

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
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Do you understand what a picture is ?

A picture is captured light, a ccd which does the capturing can be programed to capture light at different wave lengths and intensity. Hence why your camera phone can take pictures at night and during the day.

In this same fashion the picture you quote is the result of certain processes and design of the ccd. Additionally the picture has been processed to remove things like cosmic rays which over load the ccd and the spider vanes which hold up the secondary mirror but can produce a star like effect in a picture.

Its not fake but may not be what you see if you were currently orbiting Saturn just like a picture of Niagara falls may not be what you see when you show up at Niagara falls.

However Saturn exists, we exist, cassini exists and it took a picture of earth while orbiting Saturn, these pictures are an idealized version of what one might be able to observe if they were orbiting Saturn.

Cut the junior B bullshit and educate yourself, the legitimate questions we cannot answer are a billion times more interesting than the shit we make up about already known answers we simply don't like.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
I can see myself waving!
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
how the hell is the earth so big?
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wut ?

It's not, it's tiny in the relative sense. Go get a telescope and check out Saturn. You can see alot of cool shit looking at Saturn, the reverse of that Earth from Saturn I imagine would be pretty disappointing because Saturn is alot bigger than the Earth.

We can "see" or detect light from things very very very very far away, much futher than our minds can comprehend. The sky is dark...kind of and a ccd can capture very low amounts of light or photons as they hit the sensor.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
how the hell is the earth so big?
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wut ?

It's not, it's tiny in the relative sense. Go get a telescope and check out Saturn. You can see alot of cool shit looking at Saturn, the reverse of that Earth from Saturn I imagine would be pretty disappointing because Saturn is alot bigger than the Earth.

We can "see" or detect light from things very very very very far away, much futher than our minds can comprehend. The sky is dark...kind of and a ccd can capture very low amounts of light or photons as they hit the sensor.
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saturn's just a dot in our sky and it's fucking huge dimwit
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
The picture of Earth is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system. "Seeing the whole mosaic of the backlit rings when it is put together will be incredible,"

33 of em huh?
Saturn you say...
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The picture the BBC used looks faked to me?

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
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Do you understand what a picture is ?

A picture is captured light, a ccd which does the capturing can be programed to capture light at different wave lengths and intensity. Hence why your camera phone can take pictures at night and during the day.

In this same fashion the picture you quote is the result of certain processes and design of the ccd. Additionally the picture has been processed to remove things like cosmic rays which over load the ccd and the spider vanes which hold up the secondary mirror but can produce a star like effect in a picture.

Its not fake but may not be what you see if you were currently orbiting Saturn just like a picture of Niagara falls may not be what you see when you show up at Niagara falls.

However Saturn exists, we exist, cassini exists and it took a picture of earth while orbiting Saturn, these pictures are an idealized version of what one might be able to observe if they were orbiting Saturn.

Cut the junior B bullshit and educate yourself, the legitimate questions we cannot answer are a billion times more interesting than the shit we make up about already known answers we simply don't like.
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Cut the holier than thou bullshit for a moment please. I'm not crying conspiracy here - it just doesn't seem right.

I mean the small picture at the top which shows a clearly defined and well separated earth and moon. How they get that from the main picture we've all seen which shows Saturn in the foreground is what puzzles me. When you zoom in on it you can see a pixelated area around the two dots, just like you can see a pixelated area around the caption overlay.

I investigated it some more and found out more about that picture...

[link to www.jpl.nasa.gov]

So, mystery solved. Prick.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
Thanks for posting OP! That has got to be one of the most breathtaking pictures I have ever seen... just awesome.

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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
The picture the BBC used looks faked to me?

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2771636


Do you understand what a picture is ?

A picture is captured light, a ccd which does the capturing can be programed to capture light at different wave lengths and intensity. Hence why your camera phone can take pictures at night and during the day.

In this same fashion the picture you quote is the result of certain processes and design of the ccd. Additionally the picture has been processed to remove things like cosmic rays which over load the ccd and the spider vanes which hold up the secondary mirror but can produce a star like effect in a picture.

Its not fake but may not be what you see if you were currently orbiting Saturn just like a picture of Niagara falls may not be what you see when you show up at Niagara falls.

However Saturn exists, we exist, cassini exists and it took a picture of earth while orbiting Saturn, these pictures are an idealized version of what one might be able to observe if they were orbiting Saturn.

Cut the junior B bullshit and educate yourself, the legitimate questions we cannot answer are a billion times more interesting than the shit we make up about already known answers we simply don't like.
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hmm, i may agree with your post there, in the main, were it not for the fact the two dots SEEM to be shopped.

wink

[link to oi41.tinypic.com]

why are there two boxes around the earth and moon? this tells me something isn't right about all of this. lol

do it yourself if you don't believe me. definite manipulation, but believe what you want.
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
The picture the BBC used looks faked to me?

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2771636


Do you understand what a picture is ?

A picture is captured light, a ccd which does the capturing can be programed to capture light at different wave lengths and intensity. Hence why your camera phone can take pictures at night and during the day.

In this same fashion the picture you quote is the result of certain processes and design of the ccd. Additionally the picture has been processed to remove things like cosmic rays which over load the ccd and the spider vanes which hold up the secondary mirror but can produce a star like effect in a picture.

Its not fake but may not be what you see if you were currently orbiting Saturn just like a picture of Niagara falls may not be what you see when you show up at Niagara falls.

However Saturn exists, we exist, cassini exists and it took a picture of earth while orbiting Saturn, these pictures are an idealized version of what one might be able to observe if they were orbiting Saturn.

Cut the junior B bullshit and educate yourself, the legitimate questions we cannot answer are a billion times more interesting than the shit we make up about already known answers we simply don't like.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7922198


Cut the holier than thou bullshit for a moment please. I'm not crying conspiracy here - it just doesn't seem right.

I mean the small picture at the top which shows a clearly defined and well separated earth and moon. How they get that from the main picture we've all seen which shows Saturn in the foreground is what puzzles me. When you zoom in on it you can see a pixelated area around the two dots, just like you can see a pixelated area around the caption overlay.

I investigated it some more and found out more about that picture...

[link to www.jpl.nasa.gov]

So, mystery solved. Prick.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2771636


lol nice one.

so much for looking up and waving eh, the amount of chopping and changing they had to do to it.

chuckle
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Re: PALE BLUE DOT: Last Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn.
I don't trust anything from NASA ever since I discovered that the "Moon Landing" was a staged hoax. It never happened. It never will happen.

I like pretty space pictures though, even when they are fake.

Nobody does it better than Hollywood.

Last Edited by Smith_and_Jones on 07/23/2013 02:13 PM

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