NASA Releases the Best Picture of Earth Ever

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Never before has the Earth been captured in such high resolution. Researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recently uploaded an amazing series of composite pictures of our planet, named "Blue Marble," onto the photo sharing Web site Flickr. One look at such a clear view of Earth, normally reserved for astronauts, and it's difficult not to be inspired by its fragility and natural beauty. Sure, unlike with Google Earth, you won't be able to find your house in the picture--but it's the best picture yet of the place we all call 'home'.The photos, put together by a team from NASA, are the results of months of effort, meticulously putting together thousands of true-color images. Cloud coverage was minimized by taking separate photos over the course of several days and compiling an unobstructed view of the continents.

According to NASA:

This spectacular "blue marble" image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across.

Creating the image was no easy task--and required collaboration with several institutions, such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, and MODIS.

The images can be found on the Goddard Space Flight Center's Flickr page, and are available in resolutions as high as 2048 pixels across.

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