Blue Marble in 2012

Photo: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

NASA captures next generation 'Blue Marble' image

Reminiscent of the iconic 1972 Blue Marble photo of Earth, this stunning image was composited using multiple images of the planet's surface captured on Jan. 4 by the VIIRS instrument aboard the Suomi NPP satellite.


Suomi NPP, the most recent earth-observing satellite launched by NASA, is expected to provide data for climate research and weather prediction. The satellite was named after the late satellite meteorologist Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

Also on MNN:

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.