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Suomi NPP, NASA’s newest Earth-watching satellite, has taken a high resolution image of Earth, one of the most beautiful such images ever created.
Appears they couldn't be bothered to compile a photo of the opposite side too; So the question is, what are they hiding on the dark side of the Earth?
Originally posted by RMFX1
It doesn't look real to me. It looks like a render to my eyes.
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.
NPP is a NASA satellite that has five instruments that provide critical insights into the dynamics of the entire Earth system including clouds, oceans, vegetation, ice and the atmosphere. NPP stands for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP). Roughly the size of a minibus, NPP orbits the Earth from pole to pole about 14 times a day, flying 512 miles (824 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface.