NASA's Photograph of Planet Earth at 8000 x 8000 Pixels

#Photography

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On their Flickr account, NASA uploaded their yearly photograph of planet Earth -- the Blue Marble -- as seen from space, at an astonishing level of resolution. You need to see this, as the scaled-down low-quality image above gives it no justice.

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.

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