Behold one of the more stunningly detailed images of the Earth yet created. This Blue Marble Earth montage, created from photographs taken by the VIIRS instrument on board the Suomi NPP satellite, shows many stunning details of our home planet.
Add image to your album
Email this page Post this page to your Facebook wall Tweet this page

Earth

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.

Image details

ID#:
PIA18033

Date added:
2012-01-30

Target:
Earth

Mission:
Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership

Spacecraft:
Suomi NPP Satellite

Instruments:
Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

Rating:



Views:
622

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA18033.tif (192.06 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA18033.jpg (7.24 MB)

Image credit:
NASA