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Eclipse of the sun from Saturn

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Carolyn Porco
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Something great, something big, something very special that's never happened before is about to happen!

On July 19, 2013 [July 20 Australian time], NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be turned to image Saturn and its entire ring system during a total eclipse of the sun, as it has done twice before during its previous 9 years in orbit.

But this time will be very different. This time, the images to be collected will capture, in natural color, a glimpse of our own planet next to Saturn and its rings on a day that will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their picture will be taken from a billion miles away.

It will be a day for people all over the globe to celebrate together the extraordinary achievements that have made such an interplanetary photo session possible. And it will be a day to celebrate life on the Pale Blue Dot.

A new Captain's Log that expresses the significance of this event and how you can participate in it can be found in the usual place on ...

http://ciclops.org

You can also find graphics showing where Earth will be relative to Saturn and what portion of the Earth will be illuminated during the picture-taking event at ...

http://ciclops.org/view_event/193/

Our planet, of course, will only be a blue point of light as seen from Saturn. But it, and we, are unique in all the solar system, and that is worth a lot.

Enjoy!

Carolyn Porco
Cassini Imaging Team Leader
Director, CICLOPS
Boulder, CO

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WOW...thats awesome to know...
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