Amazing new images from NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite
February 6, 2012
posted by Dr. Amber Jenkins
A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP. (Image credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)
By Dr. Amber Jenkins,
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA released the spectacular view of Earth below on January 25, 2012 from its newest Earth-observing satellite, "Suomi NPP." It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.
This composite image above uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. NASA has renamed this newest Earth-observing satellite in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin who is recognized widely as "the father of satellite meteorology."