Blue Marble 2012: NASA releases “Most Amazing” High Definition Image of Earth (Photo)

By on Jan 26, 2012 in Amazing, Environment, Science, World Comments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 the Blue Marble 2012, the so-called most amazing high definition image of the Earth, as shown in the photo below.

As noted by NASA on its official website, the huge image was captured by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), aboard the agency’s Suomi NPP, which was launched last October 28.

According to the report, the 64-megapixel image of the Earth, which was taken on January 4, 2012 by the said NASA satellite, is a composite image that uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface.

VIIRS is being noted as the biggest and most important instrument among the five instruments boarding the Suomi NPP, which was renamed on Tuesday, January 24 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin; who is known as the “Father of Satellite Meteorology”.

NASA noted earlier that Suomi NPP is an Earth-observing satellite that will collect data for forecasting weather and help scientists better understand climate change. It was formerly named as the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project.

Meanwhile, NASA also posted the Blue Marble 2012 on Flicker, which was made available via different sizes from 75×75 pixels up to its original size at 8000×8000 pixel resolution, with some rights reserved.

Apparently, the Blue Marble 2012 is being noted to be somehow different from the original version of Blue Marble, which was taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on December 7, 1972, around 5 hours and 6 minutes after it was launch.

Blue Marble 2012, the “Most Amazing” High Definition Image of Earth
Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

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