itsfullofstars: On march 7, Dutch astronaut André Kupiers took this picture from the ISS, showing the 50 kilometers wide rock formation called Eye of Africa. The structure sits in Mauritania, at the Sahara desert, and can only be seen from space.
NASA said that their Blue Marble 2012 was “the most amazing image of Earth ever.” Now they have released the other half, answering to popular demand.
This look at the East hemisphere “is a composite of six separate orbits taken on January 23, 2012 by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. Both of these new ‘Blue Marble’ images are images taken by a new instrument flying aboard Suomi NPP, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.”