Are you ready for a close-up? NASA's 'global selfie', released on May 22, is made up of 36,000 pictures contributed by social media users from all around the world, which were then edited to form a mosaic to resemble images of our planet captured on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite.
NASA unveils its ‘global selfie’ – a mosaic of more than 36,000 selfies uploaded to social media showing people and places around the world – proving there is no escape from the selfie.
The 3.2-gigapixel zoomable image, which can be seen below, is the culmination of a project that began on April 22, Earth Day, to upload pictures tagged with #GlobalSelfie to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Users from 113 countries on every continent – including Antarctica, Yemen and Peru – joined in. After a month of collecting and curating the more than 50,000 submissions, the so-called "global selfie" was released on May 22.
The mosaic shows the tens of thousands of selected pictures arranged to look like Earth as it appeared to the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership climate satellite orbiting the planet on Earth Day.
“We were overwhelmed to see people participate from so many countries. We’re very grateful that people took the time to celebrate our home planet together, and we look forward to everyone doing their part to be good stewards of our precious Earth,” said Peg Luce, deputy director of NASA’s Earth Science Division.
NASA currently has 17 Earth-observing satellites in orbit, and five more missions to gather data on the planet are slated to launch this year. The agency said it will be the first time in more than a decade that so many NASA earth science missions have been launched in a single year. – Reuters