Small world: NASA and Gigapan release ‘Global Selfie’ panorama
In a unique spin on the typical Gigapan images we’ve come to know and love (massive interactive panoramas of cities, inaugurations, etc.), the company teamed up with NASA on Earth Day this year for something big – an image comprised of self-portraits captured by citizens all over the world. When zoomed out, it resembles an image of Earth from space.
The resulting photograph is comprised of 36,442 photos submitted via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and more. NASA asked people to answer the question ‘where on Earth are you right now?’ with a self-portrait and the hashtag #globalselfie. One hundred thirteen countries and regions are represented in the 3.2 gigapixel photograph with photos coming in from every continent.
More than 50,000 submissions were curated to the 36,422 images used, all arranged to look like a photograph of the earth as captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite tools aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a joint venture between NASA and the NOAA.
NASA hopes to raise awareness for the five missions launching in 2014 to measure the health of the planet we call home.