Blue Marble: NASA releases hi-res image of Earth's B-side
As a followup to last week's wildly popular shot of our planet's Western Hemisphere, NASA has now released the flipside (which just might turn out to be the more popular track in the long run).
The image is a composite, made from six separate high-resolution scans taken on January 23 by NASAās recently-renamedĀ Suomi NPPĀ satellite.Ā
From the description onĀ NASA Goddard Space Flight Centerās Flickr page:
Compiled by NASA Goddard scientist Norman Kuring, this image has the perspective of a viewer looking down from 7,918 miles (about 12,742 kilometers) above the Earthās surface from a viewpoint of 10 degrees South by 45 degrees East. The four vertical lines of āhazeā visible in this image shows the reflection of sunlight off the ocean, or āglint,ā that VIIRS captured as it orbited the globe. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA and the Department of Defense.
Last weekās āBlue Marbleā image is now one of the most-viewed images of all time on Flickr, receivingĀ nearly 3.2 million views!
NASA launched the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (or NPP) on October 28, 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. On Jan. 24, NPP wasĀ renamed Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, or Suomi NPP, in honor of the lateĀ Verner E. Suomi. ItāsĀ the first satellite designed to collect data to improve short-term weather forecasts and increase understanding of long-term climate change.
This post originally ran inĀ Universe Today.