Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

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Pics:News image of Saturn,Earth released
Washington, Nov 13: New stunning images of Earth, Saturn have been released by NASA. The images captured the visuals of first-ever natural-colour portrait of Saturn, in which the planet, its seven moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.

The images, which were taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, have been unveiled at the Newseum in Washington on Tuesday. It shows the view as it would be seen by human eyes.

Cassini's imaging team processed 141 wide-angle images to create the panorama. The image sweeps 6,51,591 km across Saturn and its inner ring system, including all of Saturn's rings out to the E ring, which is Saturn's second outermost ring.

For perspective, the distance between Earth and our Moon would fit comfortably inside the span of the E ring.

"In this one magnificent view, Cassini has delivered to us a universe of marvels," said Carolyn Porco, Cassini's imaging team lead at the Space Science Institute in Boulder.

"And it did so on a day people all over the world, in unison, smiled in celebration at the sheer joy of being alive on a pale blue dot," said Ms. Porco.

NASA invited the public to celebrate by finding Saturn in their part of the sky, waving at the ringed planet and sharing pictures over the Internet.

An annotated version of the Saturn system mosaic labels points of interest. Earth is a bright blue dot to the lower right of Saturn.

Venus is a bright dot to Saturn's upper left. Mars also appears, as a faint red dot, above and to the left of Venus.

Seven Saturnian moons are visible, including Enceladus on the left side of the image.

Zooming into the image reveals the moon and the icy plume emanating from its south pole, supplying fine, powder-sized icy particles that make up the E ring.

The E ring shines like a halo around Saturn and the inner rings. Because it is so tenuous, it is best seen with light shining from behind it, when the tiny particles are outlined with light because of the phenomenon of diffraction.

Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

In this image provided by NASA shows moonset over earth as seen from the International Space Station.

Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

In this image from video made available by NASA, crew members aboard the International Space Station release Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft from the station's robotic arm.

Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

This framegrabbed image provided by NASA-TV shows the Cygnus spacecraft attached to the Canadarm 2 on the International Space Station.

Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

This undated file image provided by the European Space Agency ESA.

Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

This image released by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon capsule in orbit around Earth. The unmanned capsule splashed down in the Pacific.

Pictures: Stunning new image of Saturn and Earth released by NASA

This artist rendering released by NASA shows the Landsat satellite in orbit around Earth.

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