As NASA's amazing Cassini spacecraft takes on technological death-defying feats months before it goes into a final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, it continues to transmit images back to Earth of things never seen before so close to a giant planet.
This week, Cassini flew through the relatively short 1,500-mile gap that separates Saturn's enormously intricate ring system from the top of the planet's atmosphere, transmitting precious data back to Earthbound scientists.
Cassini also this month beamed home ― through Saturn's icy rings ― a unique image of Earth, 870 million miles away, as seen above.
That very tiny dot in space represents everything we are, our continents and oceans ― everything about where we are in the cosmos.
And if you need to strain your eyes to see both Earth and our moon, here's a zoomed-in version of us with the moon to our left:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
It offers an interesting perspective on our place in our little neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy.
And while this is the most recent photograph of Earth from very far away, it's not the first and not necessarily the most dramatic.