On July 19, 2013, the Sun shines high in clear blue skies, its radiant light illuminates the glass of the one blue marble, held firmly between thumb and forefinger. Bright smiles on Earth for the cameras on Cassini.
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The Blue Marbles Project: The Day The Earth Smiled (2013)
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On July 19, 2013, the Sun shines high in clear blue skies, its radiant light illuminates the glass of the one blue marble, held firmly between thumb and forefinger. Bright smiles on Earth for the cameras on Cassini.
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On July 19, 2013, the Sun shines high in clear blue skies. Radiant light illuminates the glass of the one blue marble, held firmly between thumb and forefinger, in the hands of a woman standing on a rooftop in San Francisco - Bright smiles on Earth for the cameras on Cassini.

On July 19, 2013, NASA's Cassini spacecraft took a picture of Earth from about 898 million (1.44 billion kilometers) away, or nearly 10 times the distance between Earth and the sun. It was the first time Earthlings have had advance notice that their picture will be taken from interplanetary distances. 

The Faces of 'Wave at Saturn' collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's "Wave at Saturn" campaign. On July 19, 2013, Cassini maneuvered into a special location to take a picture of the Saturn system backlit by the sun. Blocking out the sun's rays also enabled Cassini to take a picture of Earth, which would normally require looking almost directly at the sun and risking damage to the cameras' sensitive detectors. 

The "Wave at Saturn" event was the first to tell earthlings in advance that their picture was being taken from interplanetary distances.
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