bmarbl • "This spectacular blue marble image
is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date
. 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