An incredible new photograph of a speck deep in the distance under Saturn's rings will make you ponder the meaning of life.
Scientists with NASA have just captured some extraordinary images near Saturn, and they’re likely to cause you to ponder the meaning of your life. The images capture the tiny speck that is Earth, hundreds of millions of miles in the distance, a tiny object floating in the vast emptiness of space, where all of human history has taken place.
It’s an an image that calls to mind Carl Sagan’s remarks about the “Pale Blue Dot,” the faint picture of Earth Voyager 1 captured as it departed the Solar System back in 1990. The most recent photo was taken by the Cassini spacecraft between Saturn’s broad rings as the spacecraft prepares to plunge into the planet’s atmosphere as its last act.
Cassini was 870 million miles from our planet when it took the photos April 12-13, showing the Earth and an even fainter moon to its left between Saturn’s rings. A video of the images via Space dot com is embedded at the bottom of this post.