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Earth from Space
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This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear
from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image
is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate
Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard
satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAAs
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) produced a snapshot
of the Earths clouds.
Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen,