When a NASA spacecraft snapped photos of Earth as it appeared from Saturn in July, the space agency hoped all of humanity would wave back. Now, thanks to an amazing collage, you can see photos taken that day by the space fans around the world that actually waved at the ringed planet.
Scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn stitched together more than 1,400 images of people waving at Saturn through Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google+, Twitter and email - including photos taken by Cassini itself - to create the giant collage, which resembles the shape Earth. The photos were sent in by people who waved at Saturn from more than 40 countries and 30 states in the United States during the July 19 event.
"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," Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement unveiling the new image today (Aug. 21). "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." (Earth Waves at Saturn: See photos from NASA's Cosmic Photo Bomb By Cassini)