Das Bild „Die blaue Murmel 2012“ zeigt die Erde in einer unglaublichen Präzision, vom Satelliten „Suomi NPP
A ‚Blue Marble‘ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‚Suomi NPP‘ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.
Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.
Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.
I was in Alice Springs in the middle of Australia when I decided to start shooting timelapse sequences for this video. My plans were to travel by 4 wheel drive through the deserts that lie west of Alice Springs and meet the Indian Ocean. I travelled through some very remote areas. In the sequence that starts at 01:31, I had driven the car to the top of a mountain range up a steep rocky track. After shooting the sequence I slept in the car. The wind up there made it impossible to put up a tent. During the night I looked at the horizons in each direction to try to see if I could see a hint of human life. I could probably see for over 100 kilometres in each direction but there was not a single light to be seen anywhere. (360 panorama taken the following morning http://www.360cities.net/image/sir-frederick-range-australia) By the time I got to the area where I shot the full moon raising (at 02:11) I had not seen a single person for almost 1 week. Here I had been following a little used track through the heart of the Gibson Desert. After I shot the sequence I slept in the same area and in the morning my 4 wheel drive refused to start because of a flat battery. It’s a story on its own to say how I got out of that one. I finally met the Indian Ocean in August only to leave it again after only a few weeks traveling along its coast. There I entered the Desert again, only further North this time, it was much hotter and by the time October came I just had to get out, the heat just became too much for me and I wanted nothing more than to feel some cool air again, even the nights were over 34c. I retreated back to Alice Springs where I stayed for a few weeks just relaxing. A few weeks later I started work processing each of the 16000 images that I took just for the timelapse. One week later the work was done.