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A Collage of the Day the Earth Smiled

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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.

People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission on July 19 -- the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward Earth to take our picture. The mission has assembled a collage from those images. The collage is online HERE.

"Thanks to all of you, near and far, old and young, who joined the Cassini mission in marking the first time inhabitants of Earth had advance notice that our picture was being taken from interplanetary distances," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "While Earth is too small in the images Cassini obtained to distinguish any individual human beings, the mission has put together this collage so that we can celebrate all your waving hands, uplifted paws, smiling faces and artwork."

The images came from 40 countries and 30 U.S. states via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ and email.
From its perch in the Saturn system, Cassini took a picture of Earth as part of a larger set of images it was collecting of the Saturn system. Scientists are busy putting together the color mosaic of the Saturn system, which they expect will take at least several more weeks to complete. The scientists who study Saturn's rings are poring over visible-light and infrared data obtained during that campaign.

For more information on the Wave at Saturn campaign, visit:

Credit: NASA

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