NASA Unveils Selfie of Earth Created With Tens of Thousands of Individual Pictures

A low-resolution preview of the 3.2-billion-pixel sized NASA Earth Day Global Selfie 2014 photo mosaic. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/NOAA

Say “cheese!” NASA has unveiled a global selfie, a stunning mosaic of the planet Earth seen from outer space that was stitched together from tens of thousands of self-portraits taken by people from around the world.

The Earth images were created with more than 36,000 selfies that were submitted to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory  this year on Earth Day, by people from 131 nations or regions. In the mosaic, self-portraits with blue backgrounds illustrate oceans, those with white backgrounds illustrate clouds, and photos with brown backgrounds illustrate continents. (See also: “All By My Selfie: National Geographic Photographers Muse on the Word of the Year.”)

See for yourself—folks who want to take a closer look at the result can zoom into the 3.2 gigapixel Global Selfie:

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We were overwhelmed to see people participate from so many countries,” says NASA’s Peg Luce, in a statement. “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.” (See also: “Global ‘Selfie’ to Be Beamed to Outer Space.”)

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