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Blue Marble

Blue Marble

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, July 18, 2016/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, sustainability, environment

                                 Blue Marble, 2016 (creidit: Gigapan)

NASA coined the term blue marble when they released several  photographs of Earth taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft in December 1972. The photograph is one of the most widely distributed in existence and became an environmental symbol depicting the Earth's vulnerability and isolation against the black background of space. The series of five original pictures was taken using a Haselblad camera, equiped with a powerful Zeise lens, and slide film. Digital technology now allows images containing vastly more data today.

The camera technology company, Gigapan, just released an impressive new 'blue marble' image using digital scans. Using Russian satellite data, the 121-megapixel photograph of Earth is most detailed yet. The weather satellite gathers the data in both infrared and visible wavelenghts so the Earth's vegetation appears rust-red in the new image.

Large prints are available to purchase from Gigapan but the original Apollo image went down in the history books.

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