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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

church of awesome: stunning new NASA mosaic image of Earth

From Bad Astronomy:

Just before Halloween last year, NASA launched into orbit the improbably named National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, which they thankfully shortened to NPP. In its low 800 km (500 mile) orbit it looks down at the Earth to investigate our environment. It only sees a portion of the Earth at any one time, but if you take observations taken during a single day — say, on January 4, 2012 — and stitch them all together, you get this magnificent shot:

And here it is.

NPP Earth mosaic

Click over to flickr for a much larger and higher-res version.

Lovely. Let’s keep it that way, eh?

(Have you found something online that’s really awesome? Send a link or an image, and I might post it!)

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