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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012

NASA Blue Marble? Black Marble? Which do you prefer? [POLL]

Via NASA: “Since we have escaped the bounds of gravity, visions of Earth have inspired and captured the imagination. Here are a few of the most iconic views of our planet returned by both living astronauts and robotic spacecraft in orbit throughout the space age.”
Through the years, NASA has revolutionized how we see the planet, capturing beautiful full-disc images.

Beginning with the iconic “Blue Marble” (top left) photographed from Apollo 17 in 1972 to the 2012 “Black Marble” (bottom right) obtained from the Suomi NPP satellite, these images have inspired awe.

NASA has conveniently created a single image with 6 of its favorite “marble” images. Which is your favorite? Vote below.

Check out this gallery for more views of recent Black Marble and city lights imagery released from NASA and NOAA

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