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The Blue Marble 2012
This image, captured on January 4th by NASA’s “Suomi NPP” Earth-observing satellite, has dethroned the 2010 Blue Marble as the highest resolution image of the planet, viewed as a whole. The (mind blowing) full resolution composite image is comprised of a staggering 8000x8000 pixels; I highly recommend it’s download and thorough exploration.
It was announced yesterday that the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission has been renamed Suomi-NPP in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, known as the father of satellite meteorology. The invention of his spin-scan camera made it possible for satellites to capture meteorological data continuously from earth orbit- the resulting images were commonly used in network weather forecasts.
Note this excellent Flickr comment- ”if you’re in this photo, raise your hand”
*exuberantly throws both hands into the air*
Source: Flickr / gsfc