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NASA Releases New High Definition Image Of Planet Earth

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. ::

LINK TO FULL SIZE 8000 X 8000 IMAGE:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6760135001/sizes/o/in/photostream/

3 Responses to NASA Releases New High Definition Image Of Planet Earth

  1. E Springer

    February 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I find it fascinating that the one image here puts North America in the very myopic foreground. Did they also release other images? (Or is this the only perspective we’re expected to take interest in??)

  2. beavecoon

    February 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    nice pic of the earth

  3. Jewel Simspon

    February 5, 2012 at 6:19 am

    No longer the green planet, it appears. In 1800, it was said that a flying squirrel could glide from the Atlantic to the Missippi without touching ground. Now that green canopy is gone. So sad.