By The Raleigh Telegram
MARYLAND – NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a new image of Earth that shows planet earth in a whole new view.
According to NASA, ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth seen above was taken from an instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite called Suomi NPP. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.
“This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012,” said the space center in a released statement.
Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board and is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS which took the photos above. ::
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