So popular was NASA’s release of the “Blue Marble” image of the western hemisphere, it constructed an equally (more?) stunning version of the reverse side. Now behold the eastern hemisphere of our amazing planet.
NASA said the western hemisphere version, posted to Flickr, had already received 3.1 million page views, making it one of the all-time most viewed images on that website in just one week.
NASA scientist Norman Kuring managed to ‘step back’ from Earth to get the big picture by combining data from six different orbits of the Suomi NPP satellite. Or putting it a different way, the satellite flew above this area of Earth six times over an eight hour time period. Norman took those six sets of data and combined them into one image.
NASA provides additional information on the development of its “Blue Marble” imagery on its Flickr page.