NASA makes a 3.2-gigapixel global selfie zoomable Earth, using 36,422 individual images that were posted to social media sites on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Image © NASA
People from over 100 countries participated in NASA’s #GlobalSelfie campaign on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, by sending photographs from some of the most beautiful spots on our planet.
The 3.2 gigapixel Global Selfie mosaic, hosted by GigaPan. Clicking on the “Snapshots” icon in the lower-left corner will display a row of highlighted images.
On Earth Day this year, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?”
We asked people to answer the question on social media, with a selfie. The goal was to use each picture as a pixel in the creation of a “Global Selfie” – a mosaic image that would look like Earth appeared from space on Earth Day.
Today NASA is releasing the finished product. The image was built using 36,422 individual photos that were posted on social media and tagged #globalselfie on or around April 22, 2014. People on every continent – 113 countries and regions in all – posted selfies. From Antarctica to Yemen, Greenland to Guatemala, Micronesia to the Maldives, Pakistan, Poland, Peru – and on. The image was assembled after weeks of curating more than 50,000 #globalselfie submissions – not all were accessible or usable – from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.