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NASA releases stunning high-resolution photo of Earth from space  
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
NASA today has released a stunning 64-megapixel photo of Earth from space. Assembled from multiple images captured earlier this month by a research satellite orbiting 512 miles (824km) away, the resulting "Blue Marble" view of our planet is similar to past such photos released by the U.S. space agency, except the resolution and detail is much higher (though, interestingly, still not high enough to make out many signs of human habitation, in part because of the satellite's comparatively distant orbit).

A reduced-resolution version of the photo is below. The 8000 x 8000 pixel original is on Flickr. More information on the Suomi-NPP research satellite's Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite, the onboard device used to take the pictures, is here.

Blue Marble: A composite image of Earth, assembled from photos captured on January 4, 2012 by an earth-observing satellite. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Thanks to James Farwel for bringing this to our attention.
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