VIDEO: NASA Image Shows Earth 870 Million Miles Away Between The Rings Of Saturn

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Earth is a point of light between Saturn's icy rings

ABOVE VIDEO: An image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows Earth as a tiny dot in between Saturn’s icy rings.

(NASA) – A new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.

The spacecraft captured the view on April 12, 2017, at 10:41 p.m. PDT (1:41 a.m. EDT on April 13).

Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth when the image was taken. Although far too small to be visible in the image, the part of Earth facing Cassini at the time was the southern Atlantic Ocean.

Earth’s moon is also visible nearby in a cropped, zoomed-in version of the image.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed, developed and assembled the Cassini orbiter.

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