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Perspectives: All of us, all of our times, in a few pixels

Cassini and Messenger views of earth: NASA

If the traffic seems insufferable, and your flight has gone, is delayed, or outright cancelled,  don’t you wish you were somewhere else?

This is us, from almost unimaginable perspectives. All of us, all of our times, our histories, and our civilisations,  yet perhaps not all of our story, but its starting point.

The perspective on the left is from under the rings of Saturn, while the vast bulk of the outer planet eclipses the glare of the sun, and renders our planet, and its moon, visible to Cassini the space mission which is surveying Saturn, its moons and its intricate orbiting discs.

On the right, the earth and moon are seen from Messenger, the Mercury orbiter, which is turning its cameras away from the innermost planet to the sun to search for any micro moons that may be orbiting it.

For a detailed explanation, visit the Astronomy Picture of the Day here.

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    COTOS
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Great photo, insignificant and overwhelming at the same time.
    The perspective from there via an unmanned machine shows how small our manned missions have been in space as I cant make out the moon pixels from the earth pixels at that distance.

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    Harry Rogers
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Yes Ben can you tell the man who took it that there is dust on his lens and possibly his thumb is in the shot?

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    fractious
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m a H2G2 fan from a long time back. DNA would have laughed his socks off :)

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    COTOS
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Yes! yes he would have labelled the arrow in the photo ‘you are here’ for now, hehe

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