Magnificent Earth — Slate

From Slate (Phil Plait):

On July 15, 2015, the European Space Agency launched the fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-4) satellite into orbit. This advanced Earth-observing bird will monitor our planet in a number of ways, including taking very high-resolution images.

MSG-4 is in its commissioning phase, being tested out to make sure it’s fully operational. Today, the ESA released this jaw-dropping picture of the Earth taken by the satellite.

European Space Agency fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-4) photo taken August 4, 2015
European Space Agency fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-4)

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