The Blue Marble Gets a Makeover!

A newly released image from NASA shows off our home planet from an unfamiliar angle — our iconic blue marble, snapped by a satellite that circles the Arctic, is arrayed in frosty white.

(North Pole View)

The newly launched Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite, which was blasted into space on Oct. 28, 2011, circled the Earth 15 times to capture the visual data used for the stunning picture.

(Regular ‘blue marble’ equator view)

Although the bright swirl of Arctic ice dominates the top of the globe, looking a bit farther south, and toward the left side of the frame, one can see the green of England and Ireland peeking between clouds. But it’s the vast, dry reaches of Asia, Saudi Arabia and the Sahara that dominate the rest of the image.

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Article from OurAmazingPlanet.com.

Photo Credit: NASA/GSFC/Suomi NPP.

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