We’ve seen photos of the Earth from space many, many times. We’re used to seeing it as the “blue marble,” just as it was named in the iconic Apollo 17 image. But the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released photos of our planet as we’ve never seen before.
They show the Earth’s land in warm tones of red, yellow, and brown, giving us a whole new impression of the planet we call home.
ISRO released five images, and all of them are global false color composite mosaics. They were generated using images from Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM) on the EOS-06 satellite. It’s the third-generation satellite in India’s Oceansat series of satellites. It’s OCM “senses” the Earth in 13 distinct wavelengths, ISRO explains.
Each Mosaic with 1 km spatial resolution combines 2,939 images taken between 1 and 15 February 2023. The team had to process 300 GB of data to show the Earth in these unusual colors. The purpose of this was to ” provide information about global vegetation cover on Land and Ocean Biota for global oceans,” as ISRO explained on Twitter.
Take a look at more photos below.
[via Space.com; image credits: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)]