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Earth Day | 2012

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NASA has been photographing the Earth from space since the first camera equipped satellites were launched into space in the early 1960’s.  Since then the space agency has been compiling images of our home planet year on year, with the most iconic image being the famous ‘Blue Marble‘ photograph taken by the astronauts of Apollo 17 in 1972, which is posted below.  This new photo is NASA’s latest and greatest photo in all its High Definition glory.  I really like it!

Images: NASA

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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  1. What year was the top photo taken?


    August 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

    • This new “Blue Marble” image of Earth was produced by the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite: Suomi NPP. The composite image was assembled from image data captured from a number of swaths of Earth’s surface on Jan. 4. The NPP satellite was renamed “Suomi NPP” on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin, who is considered the father of satellite meteorology.

      Robert L. Wilson

      August 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

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