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.”
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.
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Check out this gallery for more views of recent Black Marble and city lights imagery released from NASA and NOAA
View Photo Gallery: The Suomi NPP satellite has used its Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instrument to record city lights in the United States and elsewhere around the globe.
Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.