Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012

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    January 25, 2012

    *Updated February 2, 2012: According to Flickr, "The western hemisphere Blue Marble 2012
    image has rocketed up to over 3.1 million views making it one of the all time most viewed images on the site after only one week."

    A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed 'Suomi NPP' on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

    Suomi NPP is NASA's next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.

    Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.

    To read more about NASA's Suomi NPP go to:

    Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

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    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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    1. 6foot2 texan 6 months ago | reply

      I think you're right

    2. dsleeter_2000 6 months ago | reply

      Yeah, it is a composite from "close up" images taken from low earth orbit, not far away, like it seems.

    3. bMi2fotografx 6 months ago | reply

      You captured my heart. Never had such an interest in earth until this photo. It's beautiful, well-done.. congratulations.

    4. Elvira QR 6 months ago | reply

      Hermoso país!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. LisaSea 6 months ago | reply

      Thank you!!!

    6. marioirigoyen39 6 months ago | reply

      Gracias por estas imagenes

    7. swicykowski 6 months ago | reply

      Che hermoso nuestro planeta cuidemoslo.... no tenemos otro!!

    8. mohamednabilragb 5 months ago | reply

      اْنا اْقول *اْما *واْما*واْما وهى تتكرراْلى ما لانهاية.15/11/2013م.محمدنبيل رجب.

    9. kentsmith9 4 months ago | reply

      I created a group to showcase the individual images that have received over 1 million views. I would love to have you add your photo.

    10. ICK9S [M. H. Stephens] 4 months ago | reply

      Such a beauty! Thanks for sharing!

    11. the great 8 3 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing photo

    12. monica.myers96 5 weeks ago | reply

      i think this picture is from google earth near me.

    13. khalid_beta 4 days ago | reply

      Vraiment magique!!!

    14. khalid_beta 4 days ago | reply

      A couper le souffle

    15. The Aging Drummer 2 days ago | reply

      Love the original size of this shot. Now got it saved to my desktop theme. Once again, simply MAGNIFICENT!!

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