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On July 19, 2013, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured color images of Earth and the Moon from its perch in the Saturn system nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away.  Earth and the Moon appear as mere specks – Earth a ‘pale blue dot’ and the Moon a stark white, visible between Saturn’s rings. It was the first time Cassini’s highest-resolution camera captured Earth and its moon as two distinct objects.


Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The MESSENGER probe, orbiting Mercury, also snapped pictures of our home planet. Full details and further images may be found in this JPL press release.