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Thanks to All Who Waved at Saturn

Linda Spilker
Linda Spilker
A big thank you to everyone who waved at Saturn and Cassini on July 19 -- you helped make our Wave at Saturn campaign a huge success. People from 40 countries and 30 U.S. states shared pictures with us via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ and email. Those of us working on Cassini couldn't help but smile to see such tremendous worldwide participation from people young and old and even from some of your pets! Since you can't distinguish individuals in the Cassini images of Earth because Earth was only about a pixel, we made a collage from the over 1,400 pictures that were shared with us:

Earth made by pictures of people
People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission on July 19. The Cassini mission has assembled a collage from those images.

Those of us on the mission were amazed when we saw these pictures and heard stories about how people celebrated Cassini's Earth picture day. One father wrote to tell me that July 19th was his daughter's ninth birthday. He was in Europe and kept her up late that night to wave at Saturn for Cassini's picture. What a great birthday experience she will remember always!

And all of that occurred on our tiny blue dot, captured at this moment in time:

Saturn's rings and Earth
Cassini captured Saturn's rings, our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame on July 19, 2013.

We're happy to report that not only did Cassini get its pictures of Earth and the moon, it also obtained the images needed for a mosaic of the entire Saturn system, complete with all the rings. Those images were encoded and safely returned to Earth.

We are busily assembling the full Saturn system mosaic and it should be another jaw-dropper. I can't wait to compare our new mosaic to the similar one we took in September 2006 and October 2012! What changes will we see? How different will the dusty E ring look in this mosaic? Will we see changes in the other rings too?

I know I'm looking forward to the finished product!

Also, in case you missed Cassini's Earth images, more information about them can be found at:
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20130722/ .


Linda Spilker is the Cassini project scientist, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.