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See the other side of Earth in NASA's new photograph

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NASA has released a second version of its popular 2012 "Blue Marble" photograph of the Earth, this one centered on Africa and Asia.

Blue Marble 2012
Blue Marble 2012

North and South Americans have seen their continents from space in 2012, and now NASA has released a second "Blue Marble" image, this time centered on Africa and Asia. Like the first, it's a composite of several images taken by the Suomi NPP satellite, which orbits Earth from 512 miles above it. Since that's too close to view earth from the perspective seen here (which shows the Earth as it would look like from 7,918 miles away), six different orbits were combined into one photograph.

Since it was posted last week, the first shot of Earth from space in 2012 has become one of the most popular images on Flickr, with around 3.3 million views as of today. The original Blue Marble picture, taken in 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17, is one of the most iconic photographs of all time.