NPP's 'Blue Marble' - Arctic view
January 15, 2013
A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP. The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS is the primary imaging instrument onboard NPP, and it acquires data in 22 spectral bands covering visible, near-infrared, and thermal infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Eastern, Western, and Australian views were created by NASA scientist Norman Kuring. They are composite images using a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The Arctic composite was collected on May 26, 2012 from the OceanColor group at Goddard/NASA.
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