New photos of Saturn, Earth released

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SPACE, - : This NASA portrait received October 18, 2013 shows a view looking down on Saturn and its rings, created from images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on October 10, 2013. It was made by amateur image processor and Cassini fan Gordan Ugarkovic. This image has not been geometrically corrected for shifts in the spacecraft perspective and still has some camera artifacts.The mosaic was created from 12 image footprints with red, blue and green filters from Cassini's imaging science subsystem. Ugarkovic used full color sets for 11 of the footprints and red and blue images for one footprint. AFP PHOTO/NASA =RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/G. Ugarkovic"

For the very first time, NASA released an image that captures not only Saturn – with its moons and rings – but also Earth. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft caught a snapshot of the two planets on July 19, when the Saturn blocked the sun. It is a rare treat because with the sun so close to Earth, targeting an image of it would damage the sensors of the spacecraft. NASA released the image of the blue planet seen on Saturn’s lower right, with Venus on the upper left, and Mars as a faint red dot to the left of Venus. NASA said this is the first time that all 4 planets are visible. It was made possible by the July solar eclipse.

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