the-star-stuff: Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth Ever – Blue Marble 2012 A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.
Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth. Our planet is so HOT! This full-disc image taken by Suomi NPP in several passes Jan. 4 may well be the most amazing image of our planet to date.
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Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

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