This latest image comes from NASA’s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite. Launched on October 28 it carries the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS),the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES), the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS). This image was captured by the VIIRS on November 24 from 512 miles up.
“NPP is a satellite that carries five very different instruments to monitor the environment on Earth and the planet’s climate . NPP measurements will be used to map land cover and
monitor changes in vegetation productivity . NPP tracks atmospheric ozone and aerosols
as well as takes sea and land surface temperatures . NPP monitors sea ice, land ice and
glaciers around the world . In addition to continuing these data records, NPP is also able
to monitor natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, wildfires, droughts, floods, dust
storms and hurricanes/typhoons . In all, NPP monitors the health of Earth from space—providing continuity to decades-long records and setting the stage for future Earth science missions” (NPP Presskit)