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NASA's Blue Marble: 50 Years Of Earth Images

NASA's Earth-observing satellites help scientists render photo-like composite images with unprecedented detail. Take a look, from the earliest attempts to the newest stunners.
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Here's what a finished Blue Marble image looks like. This high-res image of the Eastern Hemisphere, released by NASA in February 2012, was taken by the VIIRS imaging technology on board Suomi NPP, which orbits at an altitude of 512 miles and a speed of 16,640 miles an hour. Credit: NASA

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