In July, Earthlings were asked to wave at Saturn and we did all the while taking photos of ourselves. For the first time humans came together in a moment in time and posed collectively for a camera 9 million miles away orbiting a distant alien world. People gathered together and waved, but not only that, they engaged in conversations and people learned more about Saturn. Many people, young and old, viewed the ring giant with their own eyes through a telescope that night for the first time.
Carolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini mission, conceived of the concept "The Day The Earth Smiled", a worldwide celebration of humans' place in the cosmos and of life on Earth the moment the picture was taken. NASA put all of your photos into an incredible picture collage of Earth.
Get ready! Tomorrow is picture day for the entire planet. On Friday July 19, 2013, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take 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 will be the first time Earthlings have had advance notice that their picture will be taken from interplanetary distances.