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New NASA Satellite Eyes 'Blue Marble': Today's Pic

Source: Image by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

'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. Close

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Source: Image by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

'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.

Today is the United Nations' World Water Day, which we're marking here on The Grid by launching a new daily photo feature.

The Western Hemisphere, Jan. 4, 2012. NASA's Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) orbits the Earth 14 times a day, taking images across both visible and longer-wavelength light bands. This composite is made up of images taken over the course of six orbits. A part of the NASA's Earth Observing System, the satellite's five instruments will monitor the planet's temperature, atmospheric moisture, air pressure, land change and other critical dynamics.

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