NASA Unveils the “Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth” from Climate Satellite

This week NASA released what it calls “the most amazing high definition of earth” ever taken — a shot snapped on January 4th from the agency’s newest satellite.

The satellite, which is a joint project between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was launched last October to collect more detailed data about earth’s atmosphere and oceans, while also enhancing climate forecasting capabilities.

The next generation of climate and weather satellites are scheduled for launch in 2017. However, some onlookers are concerned that government underfunding of satellite programs make the future of projects like this uncertain.