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Mosaic of Saturn taken by the spacecraft Cassini
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Accompanying this image released today, Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team Leader, included this message:

This one is our special gift to you, the people of the world, in this holiday season that brings to a close the year 2012. We fervently hope it serves as a reminder that we humans, though troubled and warlike, are also the dreamers, thinkers, and explorers inhabiting one achingly beautiful planet, yearning for the sublime, and capable of the magnificent. We hope it reminds you to protect our planet with all your might and cherish the life it so naturally sustains.