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. karaoked53 27 months ago | reply

      Gods beautiful creation! B E A U T I F U L capture!

    2. Learn_of_the_Jesuit_Order 23 months ago | reply

      It's not a "photo" you idiots! It's a composite. NASA makes composite images of Earth and they admit it! There's supposed to be satellites passed low Earth orbit, which means by now there should be thousands of real pictures of Earth from space! Look at their damn thumbnail, do you think that's a real picture? And if it's not, then why the hell don't they use one!

    3. fujiantogojaya 22 months ago | reply

      wow amazing photo, cool sekali i'm is Fujianto very like this photo

    4. wordinvestor 21 months ago | reply

      Excellent image of our world.

    5. Learn_of_the_Jesuit_Order 13 months ago | reply

      NASA is controlled. They aren't even in charge of anything. Like with their ridiculous track record of sending man to the moon 9 times in a short time period, and never going back. They claim they landed man on the moon 6 times, planted 6 flags, in just 4 years, with 60's tech, and nobody asks why not send the first female astronaut to the moon? It's almost 50 years since those bogus missions, and the truth is, NASA literally does nothing in space. There isn't even any genuine photography of the whole Earth from space. They are all composites and fakes.

    6. scherbenMUFC.2 13 months ago | reply

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

    7. clarkcg photography 13 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.

    8. Rory Francis 13 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.

    9. bladerunnerlover 11 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.

    10. bladerunnerlover 11 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.

    11. Chip & Pin Info 7 months ago | reply

      The greatest picture ever taken!! Go Henry

    12. bestfreepictures 7 months ago | reply

      Thanks NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for having contributed to the Best 1000 Free Pictures group pool!

      Join the group to participate with your picture in the group challenges (for example, the Best Free Picture of the Year)!

    13. Carlos ZGZ 4 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

    14. Seleusleaf 3 months ago | reply

      A grand image.

    15. Michael Patnode 5 weeks ago | reply

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

    16. clarkcg photography 5 weeks 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.

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