NASA connects everyone on Earth through a giant interactive ‘global selfie’
Published Friday, May 23, 2014 11:09AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 24, 2014 3:44PM EDT
The selfie has received a lot of attention this year. Everyone from celebrities to world leaders are taking them and the word has even now been added the dictionary. Now, NASA may have put together the most fascinating compilation of selfies taken all around the world.
The space organization used those human images to build a montage of the one thing that connects us all – our home.
For Earth Day this year, NASA asked people to step outside, take a selfie and share it on social media. On Thursday they revealed a view of our planet compiled with more than 36,000 individual images. People submitted images taken on every continent including Antarctica.
Mouse over the GigaPan interactive below and start zooming in to begin exploring.
“We were overwhelmed to see people participate from so many countries,” said Peg Luce, deputy director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission directorate at the NASA Headquarters, in a statement. “We’re very grateful that people to the time to celebrate our home planet together and we look forward to everyone doing their part to be good stewards of our precious Earth.”
While it may look like an image of two planets from far way, the interactive allows people to zoom in to the 3.2-gigapixel image and explore the variety of pictures. Zoom in and check out some of the images in the above interactive.
Here is a video showing some of the individual images.