NASA has released one of the most amazing photos of planet Earth you’re likely to see. Measuring in at 8000 pixels by 8000 pixels at it’s original size, we’re given the chance to see Earth in stunning beauty and clarity.
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.
Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.
To read more about NASA’s Suomi NPP go to: npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html
Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring