"The Making Of NASA's Super Hi-Res Blue Marble Earth Image"

"A new image of the Earth has been popping up all over the Internet, dazzling us with its high-def imagery of land masses, oceans and rippled clouds."

"Some media outlets have reported that the image is the largest image ever made of our planet, but Norman Kuring, the NASA oceanographer who actually made the image, told The Times that  simply is not true.

'I'm surprised that it's gone viral,' he said. 'I think what's happening in the general public is seeing a larger image than they are used to seeing, but there have been higher sensing instruments around for a number of years.'"

Deborah Netburn reports for the Los Angeles Times January 26, 2012.

Source: LA Times, 01/27/2012