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Blue Marble Earth 2012
Earth, The Blue Marble 2012
Description: Western Hemisphere
Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
Release Date: January 25, 2012
View Eastern hemisphere: 2012E
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
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.
NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important
instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.