NASA has released an incredible “Blue Marble” image of Earth — called Blue Marble 2012—that is even better than the original one taken by the Apollo 17 crew on Dec. 7, 1972 (and shown below for reference).
The newest high-definition image of Earth, which shows North and Central America, was snapped by NASA’s recently-launched satellite, Suomi NPP, and compiled using several small sections of the Earth’s surface taken on Jan. 4, 2012.
And, for a really clear view, click here to see the image in 8000×8000 pixels.
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