A ‘Blue Marble’ High Resolution Image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS
instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing
satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of
the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012.
The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.