Big Blue Marble
Big Blue Marble - Eastern Hemisphere.
Big Blue Marble

Big Blue Marble

Courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).

http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2429


This spectacular "blue marble" image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. It was created by pieceing together images of land, ocean, sea ice, and clouds to make a true-color mosaic of our planet.