NASA the premier institute in space research has once against given us a beautiful surprise by releasing an amazing 64 MP 8000×8000 Photo of Earth.NASA images of Earth,are released in high-resolution time and again.The first was taken by Apollo 17 and is known as the Blue Marble photo. Then again another very famous one was Blue Marble 2002, which many will recognize as the very familiar iPhone lock image. These images are also refered to as Blue Marble.
The 64-megapixel image was captured by the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite — Suomi NPP.According to NASA, the image is a composite that uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. Also dubbed as Blue Marble Next Generation, these new images are a result of improvements to the data-processing algorithms resulted in relatively noise-free images with few artifacts. The Blue Marble: Next Generation is a series of images that show the color of the Earth’s surface for each month of 2004 at very high-resolution (500 meters/pixel) at a global scale.
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Facts about NASA's Blue Marbles
The first television image of the Earth from space, taken by the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS-1) on April 1, 1960.
On December 7, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 changed the way we look at our home planet. This photograph illustrates the Earth as an isolated ecosystem, floating in space. (Astronaut photograph AS17-148-22727 courtesy NASA Johnson Space Center Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth)
The 2002 Blue Marble featured land surfaces, clouds, topography, and city lights at a maximum resolution of 1 kilometer per pixel. (NASA image by Robert Simmon and Reto Stöckli)
The Blue Marble: Next Generation features imagery of land surfaces during each month of 2004, with a maximum resolution of 500 meters per pixel. (NASA Image by Robert Simmon and Reto Stöckli)