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NASA and JPL have just released a huge photo composite of the area surrounding the Curiosity Rover on the planet Mars. These are some of the best hi resolution photos ever taken of another planetary body in our solar system! Rock on humanity!
Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut passed earlier today.
“When the space shuttle’s engines cut off, and you’re finally in space, in orbit, weightless … I remember unstrapping from my seat, floating over to the window, and that’s when I got my first view of Earth. Just a spectacular view, and a chance to see our planet as a planet,” -Sally Ride
This is the most HI-DEFINITION image of planet Earth ever released by NASA which they have dubbed “Blue Marble 2012”.
According to Flickr, “The western hemisphere Blue Marble 2012
image has rocketed up to over 3.1 milling views making it one of the all time most viewed images on the site after only one week.”
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: www.nasa.gov/npp
Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring