Rotating Cloudy Galileo Transitions to Blue Marble View
Released on October 8, 2009
The MODIS instruments on the Terra and Aqua satellites take multi-spectral images of the Earth daily. This realistic, cloudy Earth is a composite of MODIS imagery from March 3, 2009. This animation reveals a transition from the MODIS view of Earth to the Blue Marble image, to allow a look at the planet without clouds. The Blue Marble Next Generation (BMNG) data set provides a monthly global cloud-free true-color picture of the Earth's landcover at a 500-meter spatial resolution. This data set, shown on a globe, is derived from monthly data collected in 2004. The ocean color is derived from applying a depth shading to the bathymetry data. The Antarctica coverage shown is the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica.
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 188.8.131.52.0