Blue Marble 2012 - 'White Marble' Arctic View

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    Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument enough time (and longitude) to gather the pixels for this synthesized view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/Suomi NPP

    Click here to view the western hemisphere Blue Marble 2012 from Suomi NPP:

    About Suomi NPP - Over the last decade NASA launched a series of satellites that offer an unparalleled view of Earth from space. That series, known collectively as NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS), has provided striking new insights into many aspects of Earth, including its clouds, oceans, vegetation, ice, and atmosphere. However, as the EOS satellites age, a new generation of Earth-observing satellites are poised to take over.

    The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership represents a critical first step in building this next-generation satellite system. Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observes nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science. Read more here:

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    1. dolejnic_99 22 months ago | reply

      Did anyone notice the big set of LIPS to at 10 O'clock????

      I think this is a fake!!!

    2. Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages 22 months ago | reply

      Wonderful Image And Information. Thank You

    3. IRENE is GONE to IPERNITY 22 months ago | reply

      amazing clarity and details even from so far away, thanks for sharing!

    4. Ray Chiarello 22 months ago | reply

      It would take a big printer to produce this life-size. ;-p

    5. research student 22 months ago | reply

      all images released from nasa are edited/altered...always have been...nice though...but not 100% real.

    6. Fabietto76°OZ 22 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Shot!

    7. toureasy47201 22 months ago | reply

      Another beautiful marble.

    8. raqualit 22 months ago | reply

      captivating and exciting image.... Loving it and thanks for sharing.

    9. John Westrock 22 months ago | reply

      Everyone on Flickr likes the image, but on reddit people feel differently. Interesting how social communities function.

    10. BlueisCoool 22 months ago | reply

      Very nice capture - congrats!

    11. Obiconkenobi 22 months ago | reply

      that is fricin awsome

    12. dodagp 22 months ago | reply

      Astounding image !!!!!

    13. paprikadefrance 22 months ago | reply

      Magnifique, superbe vue

    14. - Eduard van Mil -  (Thanks for responding) 22 months ago | reply

      The last one I have seen was a look over from California, this time I see The Netherlands, my home country! Very nice shot.

    15. Philip@TQ~UK 22 months ago | reply

      I can see my house!

    16. selivonik 22 months ago | reply

      @shellipsm I think it means it wasn't a picture taken like you would take it with a camera. The satellite scanned the earth and the image data captured was assembled into the picture you see.

    17. celiad1 20 months ago | reply

      Wow! I've never seen a photo that shows the UK from space so clearly. Such a beautiful planet - take care of it!

    18. gemma.lou 17 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! And good to see the UK on a space picture properly!

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