Chances are you didn’t notice, but last week your photo was taken and we think you look awesome. Admittedly, it’s more a group portrait, but really that just increases the awesome factor:
From orbit around the gas giant Saturn, some 898 million miles from Earth, the Cassini space probe turned and took this photo. We’re that tiny blue dot, drifting in the black between Saturn’s rings and the blue smear at the bottom. (This smear, says Carolyn Porco, the head of the imaging team for Cassini, is Saturn’s E ring, a band produced by the geysers of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.)
This is only the third time that the Earth has been photographed from the outer solar system:
Unlike most tourists, NASA doesn’t travel to distant places just to spend the whole time taking photos of itself. One of the earlier snaps was also taken by Cassini, back in 2006. The one before that was by Voyager 1 way back in 1990—the famous Pale Blue Dot.
Photo via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute