Behold the blue marble we call Earth

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

In what has been lauded as one of the more incredible photos of our planet ever released, NASA has issued a staggeringly high-definition photo of Earth from space. The photo was taken by the new Suomi NPP satellite, launched in late October of 2011. Here’s a smaller version:

Pretty incredible, right? 

This photo is a composite image of several swaths of the Earth’s surface, all from January 4, 2012. Here’s the giant 8000×8000 version  – gorgeous.

For a comparison of how much imaging technology has improved over the years, here’s the 1972 version of the same photo:

Quite a difference. Looking forward to seeing what other images come out of the satellite’s rotation.

-Jodi