Earth looks beautiful in full view of the NOAA-21 satellite |  photos

Earth looks beautiful in full view of the NOAA-21 satellite | photos

Earth looks beautiful in full view of the NOAA-21 satellite | photos

This global mosaic is the first complete image of Earth captured by the VIIRS instrument on NOAA’s new NOAA-21 imaging satellite, which launched in November 2022. It shows the Earth between December 5 and 6, 2022. (Image credit: NOAA STAR VIIRS Imagery Team)

What can you see in this latest global image of Earth? There are clear turquoise seas around Cuba, an agricultural fire in northern India and, of course, the rest of our planet, as shown in the first full image from NOAA’s newest Earth observation satellite NOAA-21.

The Soil images that make up this mosaic, and some close-ups, were taken on December 5 and 6 by an instrument called the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the satellite, that launched on Nov. 10 from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Nov. 10. (The spacecraft was earlier known as JPSS-2.) VIIRS collects images in both the visible and infrared light spectra, allowing scientists to see details of the Earth’s surface.





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