CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Taking Earth's Picture from Nearly 900 Million Miles Away

This simulated view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013, shows the expected positions of Saturn and Earth around the time Cassini is taking Earth's picture. Cassini will be about 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away from Earth at the time.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Released: June 18, 2013 (Happy 71st Birthday, Paul McCartney!)
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