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Blue Marble
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bmarbl • "This spectacular blue marble image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date [2002]. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 mi²) of our planet."

Credit: "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)."

The original images are about 117 MB TIFFs with 1' resolution, provided here as 200-color, 2' and 5' resolution GIFs for smaller-scale use. See the data page for unpacking instructions.

 Skin GIF   Res  Size
bmarbl2.tar 2' 12.0 MB
bmarbl5.tar 5' 2.0 MB