Whole Earth (Blue Marble 2000)
Whole Earth. Composite satellite image of Earth centred on the Americas. This is Blue Marble 2000, one of the most detailed Earth images ever made. It was done to update the original "blue marble" images taken by Apollo astronauts. It is the result of the combination of data from three Earth-observing satellites. A GOES satellite took the overall Earth image, SeaWiFS gathered ocean colour data and the AVHRR instruments on POES satellites mapped the vegetation. Hurricane Linda, a huge spiral storm system, is at centre left. Relief features have been exaggerated by 50 times. The Moon (upper left) has been superimposed on the image, and is not to scale.
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Barbados, satellite image
Barbados. Landsat image of the island of Barbados in the Caribbean sea. North is at top. Barbados has a total land area of about 430 square kilometres. It is primarily low-lying, with some higher regions in the country's interior. The highest point of the island is Mount Hillaby, located in the parish of Saint Andrew (upper left).
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Cuba. True-colour satellite image of the island of Cuba (upper left to lower right) in the Caribbean Sea. North is at top. Vegetation is green, water is blue and clouds are white. The Bahamian island of Andros (upper right) is surrounded by the shallow seas (light blue) of the Great Bahama Bank. South of the eastern half of Cuba is the island of Jamaica (lower right). Another bank is seen off the western end of Cuba, by the Isla de la Juventud (centre left). Data collected on 15 November 2001 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite.
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