The Day the Earth Smiled

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, Cassini’s wide angle camera has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its Moon in the same frame. It is only 1 footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system (including Saturn itself). At each footprint, images were taken in different spectral filters for a total of 323 images: some were taken for scientific purposes and some to produce a natural color mosaic. This is the only wide angle footprint that has the Earth/Moon system in it.

Earth, which is 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the Moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.

And there it is, folks! Read more about the two images here and here.