Here's What Earth Looks Like From Saturn's Rings

Seen from Saturn, Earth and the other inner solar system planets are all close to the Sun, and are easily captured in such images, although these opportunities have been somewhat rare during the mission.

Cassini-Huygens, a NASA's spacecraft that is set to explore the Saturn is now on its final journey. In a close up, you can make out the Moon alongside Earth.

"NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn on April 12, 2017", a NASA official said.

Cassini will go out in a blaze of glory on September 15, plunging into Saturn's atmosphere in a death dive created to ensure that the probe doesn't contaminate Titan or fellow Saturn satellite Enceladus with microbes from Earth.




Scientists with Cassini's radar investigation will be looking this week at their final set of new radar images of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes that spread across Titan's north polar region. The European Geosciences Union will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. GMT (9:30 a.m. EDT) Tuesday to preview the Grand Finale and to talk about some of Cassini's many achievements over the past 13 years.

Now, as its mission comes to an end, the spacecraft will change course, during which it will once again complete a close flyby of Titan, the USA space agency explained.

The mission will conclude with a science-rich plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15th. Through its travels in the ring gap, scientists hope that Cassini will help differentiate between the weight of Saturn and the weight of its rings.

Cassini received a large increase in velocity of about precisely 860.5 metres per second with respect to Saturn from the close encounter with Titan. Space.com noted that the canyon, known as Ithaca Chasma, is visible in an image from Cassini, teetering between the day side and night side of the moon. The Ithaca Chasm is up to 60 miles wide and about 660 miles long, which is nearly three-fourths of the icy moon's surface. "The canyon has a maximum depth of almost 2.4 miles (4 kilometers) deep". JPL designed, developed and assembled the Cassini orbiter.

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