I really get somewhat upset when journalists and semi-scientists post information about so-called “other Earths” having been located in other places throughout the galaxy. That is not the exact truth. No other world has yet to be located that is anything akin to our Earth. Water has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth. Life has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth. As these are the main things that classify Earth as Earth, classifying anything else as such is erroneous!
Anyhow. An article from Yahoo/Reuters gives details about a recent information release from a N.A.S.A. space probe. Apparently, this particular probe has been on it’s voyage for some time, and it has passed a distance of 900 million miles beyond Saturn. The probe was able to reverse it’s positioning in order to photograph images of the solar system behind it. One captivating picture was that of Planet Earth, in the distance!
Scientists working with The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California are constantly reviewing and studying information that is received from satellites about what is occurring within outer space. Recent researches are recognizing that our beloved Earth is little more than a dot among countless dots in the night sky, as depicted by Cassini. The actual image of Earth and her moon take up no more than the space of one pixel!
Renowned scientific researcher Carolyn Porco has stated that the imaging of Earth from this distant vantage “underscores our coming of age as planetary explorers”. Dr. Porco has directed the Cassini imaging program with The Space Science Institute at Boulder, Colorado. It is, perhaps, that the images of Cassini from Saturn are giving humanity the necessary boost of enthusiasm for further reviews and attempts at exploring our solar system. Certainly the magnificence of the images by the Cassini probe are undeniable, and they surely can be taken as catalysts for the next steps in human advancement toward a truly space-faring society.
The reverse images made by Cassini are supposed to have been a rare occurrence! Space probes within the distant reaches of the solar system do not aim backward, so that their instruments are not damaged by rays from The Sun. However, Cassini was able to turn around for it’s picturing of Saturn because of the gargantuan gas giant temporarily blocking our star’s powerful beams from the probe’s line of sight.
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