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Touching the face of God

. . . And, while with silent,
lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed
sanctity of space,
Put out my hand,
and touched the face of God.

- John Gillespie Magee, Jr

NASA's Image of the Day: "Saturn’s moons Rhea and Enceladus appear as slivers in the deep black of space in this view seen by the Cassini probe. With a diameter of about 949 miles (1,528 kilometers), Rhea appears to loom near the 314-mile (505-kilometer) wide Enceladus as the smaller moon passed behind its larger cousin. The event is known as an occultation. Cassini’s narrow-angle camera recorded this view on July 4, 2006, though it was released on Aug. 7, 2006. The spacecraft was about 800,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) from Rhea and 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) from Enceladus at the time of this image.

(Image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)