19 May '12, 2pm

Best photo ever taken of Earth?

Few things in life put everything in perspective better than a stunning image of Earth from space. This timelapse video of the Earth (shown above) showcases the highest resolution single-shot imagery ever taken of our spinning blue planet, thanks to the Russian Center for Earth Operative Monitoring . The video and images were snapped by the Russian weather satellite Elektro-L during its orbit 36,000 kilometers above the equator. The images are in 121 megapixels; That's 0.62 miles per pixel. In the video shown above here, the images are in true color, but if you really want to see the vegetation pop out, watch it in the infrared -- the vegetation will instead appear orange. Elektro-L uses three bands in reflected light-red and two near infrared bands, which is part of what distinguishes it from similar satellites controlled by NASA or other international space agencies. "It...

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