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  1. Mostly, it was “holy heck, Africa’s huge,” actually.

  2. Looks like a big hurricane off the East African coast. And what are those several north-south bands? I’ve never seen those before.

  3. My second reaction was the “beautiful planet” one but my first reaction was – Wow, look at that storm over Somalia! and then there’s the ‘nice’ little low in the southern Indian Ocean. It’s the sailor in me, I guess. When you are out there in a little boat, receiving a picture like this every day would help make a voyage more comfortable.

  4. I was just happy not to have North/South America shoved in my face again. Africa is magnificent – now, let’s look at Asia next time!

  5. My reaction was also to the apparent hurricane off the African coast.
    The North-South bands are explained by NASA: “The four vertical lines of ‘haze’ visible in this image shows the reflection of sunlight off the ocean, or ‘glint,’ that VIIRS captured as it orbited the globe.”
    (link to flickr.com)

    • Beautiful picture, but my first reaction was “what’s with those vertical lines?” I thought maybe somebody was being cute with Photoshop as to make it look more like a marble. Thank you for for posting the explanation.

  6. Wow! It looks beautiful.
    Save it. Save it.
    But, modern men are trying to destroy it faster than ever. And, why it is always the Middle East? Keeping an eye on the OIL?
    Save it. That is the only Marble you have.

  7. Mine was: “Oh, here is the globe with Africa and the Middle East facing toward us; this is an exercise in which we are asked to ‘decenter’ North America and Europe, as when presented with an ‘upside down’ map.”

  8. I recall a big old poster from the ’70s — that Apollo image, the “Behold the blue planet, steeped in its dreams” fame. With G_d’s hand, from Michelangelo’s Sistine masterpiece, coming in from the right, and a G_d-text-balloon with the following Word: “Humans, I’m giving you fifteen minutes to vacate! I’ve found a much better tenant.”

    And another one, with G_d’s Sistine hand redrawn into that universal flick-the-fly-off-the-table gesture of middle finger sprung in a tight arc, restrained by the pad of the thumb as the sear and trigger, the “fly” being that beautiful blue planet…

    And the fracking, and mining, and burning, and chopping, and trips to the mall, and “smart weapon” launches, go on and on and on…

    As with War, Imperial Style, we do all that stuff Just Because We Can… What was Stalin’s question to his staff about messing with the Pope? Same response to words about our descendants: “How many divisions does Posterity have?”

  9. My response? “That is the parched Middle East. The rest of the planet is gonna look like that from space if we don’t get our ecological act together.”

    • This wasn’t my first reaction, but this is the one that sticks with me.

      (My first reaction was “why can’t they get rid of that north-south artifact over the oceans?”)

  10. My first thought: What, this old thing? They’ve been using the same photo for years. Can’t they come up with versions centered on North America or China? Is it a problem of clear weather, or does Africa just reflect better?

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