The Cassini spacecraft is continuing its journey between the rings of Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft has taken the photograph of the Earth and the Moon among the rings of Saturn. The photo of the Earth looks like a shining star was released at the official website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looked back at his home planet from the rings of Saturn and took a picture of the Earth from 1.4 billion kilometers away. It took more than an hour for the Earth light to reach the spacecraft. Looking from that distance, the Earth looks like a shining spot in the darkness. This extraordinary picture became a top topic in social media immediately. Google even made Cassini’s photo doodle. With the release of the tiny image of the earth, the Cassini Spacecraft was doodled by Google.
Cassini spacecraft took this photo on April 12, 2017. In a statement made by NASA, it is said that despite being too small to be seen in the photo, the part of the Earth that overlooks Cassini was the South Atlantic Ocean as the photo was taken. It is also stated that, on April 21, Cassini made his final nearest pass to Titan for the 127th times, and approached the closest distance of 979 kilometers to the surface of the satellite. Cassini will disappear in the atmosphere of Saturn with a final dive on 22th September after doing 22 rounds on the orbit of the planet.
Cassini-Huygens is an unmanned space probe which was sent to the planet Saturn. It was sent on October 15, 1997 for an interplanetary journey involving the Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. It entered orbit of the Saturn on July 1, 2004. This mission is still running!