“Blue Marble: Next Generation”. Twelve Earth Globes (Christmas Edition)


In 1972, from a distance of about 45,000 km (28,000 mi), the crew of Apollo 17 took one of the most famous photographs ever made of the Earth.

AS17-148-22727_350This original Blue Marble inspired later images of the Earth compiled from satellite data. In 2000, NASA data visualizers compiled an image of the western hemisphere using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-8 and Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer, and NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor.

In 2002, NASA produced the Blue Marble, the most detailed true-color image of the Earth’s surface ever produced. Using data from NASA’s Terra satellite, scientists and data visualizers stitched together four months of observations of the land surface, coastal oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, photo-like mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. In October 2005, NASA released a new version of the spectacular image collection that provides a full year’s worth of monthly observations (referred to 2004) with twice the level of detail as the original. The new collection was called:

Blue Marble: Next Generation

Here, twelve projects of Jan. to Dec. 2004 Earth globes in the Christmas ball version (15 cm diameter) are downloadable. Choose your favourite month, download, print and build it.

          Jan Feb Mar Apr
          May Jun Jul Aug
          Sep Oct Nov Dec
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2 Responses to “Blue Marble: Next Generation”. Twelve Earth Globes (Christmas Edition)

  1. Paola says:

    Grazie Pino, sono veramente molto belli, se mai riuscirò a costruirne uno ti manderò una foto!

  2. Herbert says:

    Great stuff. A Lot of Thanks for this wonderful Projeckt. I don’ know, which i would buil first. Maybe all?

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