7th month: NASA releases image of Saturn's view of Earth

Dec. 9, 2013

Last July we wrote about an image NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured of Saturn and its ring system. Though the image itself is stunning, what is perhaps even more remarkable is how distant and miniscule Earth appears in the background. Wide-angle cameras, which are part of the Imaging Science Subsystem on Cassini, were used to capture the images. The cameras contained a CCD image sensor that consists of a 1,024 square array of pixels, each 12 µm on a side, a focal length of 200mm, and a field of view of 3.5°.

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James Carroll

Former VSD Editor James Carroll joined the team 2013.  Carroll covered machine vision and imaging from numerous angles, including application stories, industry news, market updates, and new products. In addition to writing and editing articles, Carroll managed the Innovators Awards program and webcasts.

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