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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    1. scherbenMUFC.2 39 months ago | reply

      Learn of the Jesuit Order So, if there's no genuine photos, how can they have composites?

    2. clarkcg photography 39 months ago | reply

      Yes it is a beautiful illusion, but really look at this photo, it is not the world as we know it. The bottom right is arc of the photo is basically the equator that runs over Ecuador, thus the ball cannot contain the world as we know it or the north pole will be close to tropic of cancer on the other side of this photo, maybe I am taking NASA too serious as they put the pieces together but with this it is total slop. It appears they are trying to build the ego of North America, so far nothing balances out that NASA sends out on the earth photos if you scale them and longitude and latitude the photos they always come up short. I can not believe that the science world slobbers on these photos as real, and many of today's common photographers are looking at these marvels and finally calling BS on them. The circle of the face of the globe is the boundry, no matter how far or close the circle only photographs the entire face, and this face is out of balance, no room for north or south pole on this scaled globe, North America eats up too much of the room. Dont be amazed at this but be mad at the trickery they have posted these composite art maps.

    3. Rory Francis 39 months ago | reply

      Well said, cg! Pictures like this should help people to understand our planet better. But this one gives a deliberately false impression of what it's really like.

    4. bladerunnerlover 37 months ago | reply

      Learn of the Jesuit Order First of all, why do you feel the need to get all fired up and curse? It's not a political debate, it's a photo of Earth. Sheesh. Secondly, a composite image is a collection of photos that have been "stitched" or fitted together. So, it is a photograph albeit a constructed one, but constructed from real photographs. Lastly, with the images taken by both the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), SELENE and many others the nonsensical assertion that we did not land on the moon has been utterly destroyed. No sane, clear-thinking individual continues to assert we did not land on the moon. That, of course, does not stop a goofy few from continuing to harp on about "bogus missions", but they are now definitively identified as whack-a-doodles. Just because one's tiny mind cannot fathom that we went to the moon in the 60's - a time when apparently some goons believe we were living in the dark ages - does not mean we did not go to the moon. We went, we walked on it, and we took photos, and every, single bit of evidence proves we did, except of course to said whack-a-doodles. One day when we go to Mars, a few will start all over again with conspiracy theories about faked missions, but like today they will be seen by the grand majority of society as (once again) whack-a-doodles.

    5. bladerunnerlover 37 months ago | reply

      The only "funnel" is the funnel of nonsense that conspiracy theorists pour over the internet every day. It's collective insanity that unfortunately oozes into forums like these. The science consensus and the science itself overwhelmingly proves we went to the moon, walked on it and the evidence of that still shows today in photographs from the LRO, SELENE and on and on. It happened. You can pull apart photos in Photoshop all you want, all you accomplish is the exposure of your own absurdity. Please keep that garbage on your fringe websites and leave the normal people to enjoy these images in peace.

    6. Chip & Pin Info 33 months ago | reply

      The greatest picture ever taken!! Go Henry

    7. bestfreepictures 33 months ago | reply

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    8. Carlos ZGZ 30 months ago | reply

      Nice picture, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center! I like it :)
      Thanks for choosing a license allowing adaptations/remixes and commercial use to publish your work!

      Seen in the group Best 1000 Free Pictures

    9. Seleusleaf 29 months ago | reply

      A grand image.

    10. Michael Patnode 27 months ago | reply

      Is this a real or Digital view of earth? Every image I see looks so different. Why is this?

    11. clarkcg photography 27 months ago | reply

      Michael Patnode Good observation, lay each year of the full circle of the globe side by side (12 different) and perspective/ratio is no where close, North America will almost cover the entire circle in one and then be less than it should be in another. Equator to North Pole is ridiculous in some. Then read the fine print and its all Digital Manipulated, CGI, there is only one supposedly full shot from 1969 that is not digital manipulated, but was it camera manipulated that is the question. Always good to ask when viewing any photo that we see, I know what I do to mine to make it presentable by taking out highline wires, people, trash, and even adding sun just to give it more a pleasing look.

    12. jimwells67 26 months ago | reply

      Thank you chasing the light. Obviously these pics must be something other than a true image of earth as the land masses are so distorted and change from pic to pic. One of the responders balked at the charge that these pics are composite, saying, "of course they are. But they're composites of true images from space." Then I just say, "Then how come they are so off on the continent sizes? What true images cou;d they have possibly used?"

    13. Amateur Anne 23 months ago | reply

      Incredible photo

    14. James PowelI 20 months ago | reply

      SpikeOrchard quick friends Most viewed. 6.2M. You can tell... I'm bored.

    15. ShaluSharmaBihar 14 months ago | reply

      Truly spectacular.

    16. fixx.anita 9 months ago | reply

      Cgi composite crap... N.A.S.A. - Never A Straight Answer

    17. juan.140 3 months ago | reply

      Tontos terrícolas. ..jamás saben apreciar el planeta en el cual habitan está especie terminará pronto

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