Eastern Hemisphere - Blue Marble 2012

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    February 2, 2012

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    Responding to public demand, NASA scientists created a companion image to the wildly popular 'Blue Marble' released last week (January 25, 2012). www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6760135001

    The new image is a composite of six separate orbits taken on January 23, 2012 by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. Both of these new 'Blue Marble' images are images taken by a new instrument flying aboard Suomi NPP, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).

    Compiled by NASA Goddard scientist Norman Kuring, this image has the perspective of a viewer looking down from 7,918 miles (about 12,742 kilometers) above the Earth's surface from a viewpoint of 10 degrees South by 45 degrees East. The four vertical lines of 'haze' visible in this image shows the reflection of sunlight off the ocean, or 'glint,' that VIIRS captured as it orbited the globe. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA and the Department of Defense.

    Credit: NASA/NOAA

    For more information about Suomi NPP go to: www.nasa.gov/npp

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    1. Dragonfly.. 37 months ago | reply

      It allows us to imagine the real view from up there!

    2. 5% Speculation Tax* to Keep the World Going Round! [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      / / / / in search of hidden/temerature symmetries in the multiverse? ... ;))

    3. LuxZg 37 months ago | reply

      Really nice images, both of them! But like others, I long for more! Keep up the good work, and bring us images of rest of our planet soon :)

    4. mgw_wgw 37 months ago | reply

      Fantastic view of the cloud swathed earth from space! :)
      Seen on blog.flickr.net ( ?² )

    5. Roberto Vongher 37 months ago | reply

      Fantastic !!
      From this distance we can not see the human stupidity !! our planet seems to have no problem

    6. ejbSF 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you, NASA.

    7. leosusanow 37 months ago | reply

      Beautiful composition!!!

    8. Erik Moua 37 months ago | reply

      scientist say other planets have crazy wind storms but earth looks even more terrifying imo.

    9. Othello Caleon 37 months ago | reply

      Love these photos and all, but I've yet to say "I can see my house from here."

      Not to be a whiner, guys, but how about one for the rest of Asia, eh?

    10. rolfspicture 37 months ago | reply

      Unglaublich schön!!!!!!!

    11. Joanne Giguère 37 months ago | reply

      So much details, so touching!

    12. kwhallak 37 months ago | reply

      Subhan Allah!!

    13. tercüman 37 months ago | reply

      this is very nice look.. just as if ım looking by naked eye from the space. But ı think there s a bit play with photoshop as there is nothing other than world.. It seems dark but we cant see any stars around, Anyway, this a great look though. Thanks nasa. will tell about it to tercüme

    14. gabo sandoval 37 months ago | reply

      chile present!

    15. Pyrat Wesly 36 months ago | reply

      Awesome, you really gotta have patience for this kind of photography.

    16. Elizabeth025 35 months ago | reply

      WOW! Mother earth at her best!

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