Earth is beautiful in full view from the NOAA-21 satellite | Pictures

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

What can you spot in this latest global image of Earth? There are turquoise seas around Cuba, an agricultural fire in northern India and, of course, the rest of our planet as seen in the first full view from the latest NOAA-earth observation satellite. 21 of the NOAA.

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

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