The New Blue Marble

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A new NASA image of Earth, by Robert Simmon and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, based on MODIS data.

Despite recent news of potential habitable exoplanets and [amazing images][3] of [Mars][4] and the [Saturn][5] system returned from visiting [spacecraft][6], the ol’ home [planet][7] is still about the most gorgeous-looking planetary body out there. We first saw it as a whole “blue marble” when the [Apollo astronauts][8] sent back pictures while circling [the Moon][9], and it has been said that the original “Blue Marble” image taken by the [Apollo][10] 17 crew has been one of the most viewed and most influential images ever. But truth be told, that “Blue Marble” really wasn’t all that blue (see the original below). However, this new look at the home world shows how prevalent water really is. This composite image is based largely on observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

It sure is pretty. (…) Read the rest of [The New Blue Marble][11] (224 words)

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