KUSA - The Cassini spacecraft beamed back a rare, faraway photo of Earth recently. To mark the occasion, NASA asked Astroboys and girls around the world to snap selfies of themselves.
Their selfies were taken at the very moment the probe tripped the shutter from almost a billion miles away.
The results: People from 30 U.S. states and more than 40 countries shared more than 1,400 selfies on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ and email, and NASA has created a zoomable, earthly mosaic of them all.
"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," said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
She said the photo shoot marked "the first time inhabitants of Earth had advance notice that our picture was being taken from interplanetary distances." To view the selfie mosaic please visit:
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