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Why cant NASA take a Photo of Earth – One Shot – One Frame – One Earth?

Nasa’s Blue Marble : The West View (or not)

Conspiracy theorists you will love today’s MOTD. NASA has the following to say about this incredible photo

This spectacular ?blue marble? image is the most detailed true-colour image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public.

Much of the information contained in this image came from a single remote-sensing device-NASA?s?Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer,?or MODIS. Flying over 700 km above the Earth onboard the?Terra?satellite, MODIS provides an integrated tool for observing a variety of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric features of the Earth. The land and coastal ocean portions of these images are based on surface observations collected from June through September 2001 and combined, or composited, every eight days to compensate for clouds that might block the sensor?s view of the surface on any single day. Two different types of ocean data were used in these images: shallow water true color data, and global ocean color (or chlorophyll) data. Topographic shading is based on the GTOPO 30 elevation dataset compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey?s EROS Data Center. MODIS observations of polar sea ice were combined with observations of Antarctica made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?s AVHRR sensor?the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer. The cloud image is a composite of two days of imagery collected in visible light wavelengths and a third day of thermal infra-red imagery over the poles. Global city lights, derived from 9 months of observations from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, are superimposed on a darkened land surface map.

The term?‘stitched together’ is the key. This photo was totally ‘over-stitched’ to the extreme. The image is full of errors and literally discredits NASA’s photographic capabilities. Conspiracy theorists love this stuff? I can’t blame them though, (don’t?worry I have not joined them), as the image can be declared a fake even though it may be truly genuine. This image was so poorly photo shopped, it’s a mystery why they can call it “the most detailed true-colour image of the entire Earth to date.”

Like really……seriously?

Click on the image and?zoom in and see for yourself.

Lots of unprofessional?’over-stitching’, or is this just a term for ‘copy and paste’.

Nothing like a bit of over-stitching to capture a Kiwi’s eye eh? Looking forward to your comments.

BTW is one of those that red dots a Tesla Sedan?