For the first time, NASA captures an image of the whole volume of our home planet looking down at the North Pole. At an altitude of 828 Km (512 miles), Earth looks different than the image we’re used too of the eastern and western hemishperes snapped from the orbital plane of the planet.
This view shows the UK and Greenland clearly, Europe, most of Asia, northern Africa and north America. The Arctic view of the Blue Marble is not a single photo, according to NASA, it took 15 orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument, to gather the pixels for this synthesized view of Earth. Simply breathtaking!