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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Blue Marble Earth from Suomi NPP
NASA ^ | January 30, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 01/30/2012 4:08:06 AM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Behold one of the more detailed images of the Earth yet created. This Blue Marble Earth montage shown above -- created from photographs taken by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on board the new Suomi NPP satellite -- shows many stunning details of our home planet. The Suomi NPP satellite was launched last October and renamed last week after Verner Suomi, commonly deemed the father of satellite meteorology. The composite was created from the data collected during four orbits of the robotic satellite taken earlier this month and digitally projected onto the globe. Many features of North America and the Western Hemisphere are particularly visible on a high resolution version of the image. Previously, several other Blue Marble Earth images have been created, some at even higher resolution.

January 30, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; finland; science
[Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring]

1 posted on 01/30/2012 4:08:17 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful photo. Thanx SunkenCiv.


2 posted on 01/30/2012 4:41:50 AM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
This is the best deep space photo of the Earth since this on was taken from apollo 17:

3 posted on 01/30/2012 7:40:57 AM PST by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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