Earth from Its Best Side: Tons of Tournament Fun
    By Bente Lilja Bye | March 5th 2013 06:35 PM | 5 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Planet Earth is a magnificent planet and that is an understatement! I think it looks particularly good from space, although I do appreciate the daily close-ups I am literally living in here at the edge of the woods in Norway.

    Some say that the little blue dot is one of the most important images ever taken, showing how truly small we are, not only us individually, but in fact our entire planet. It is so small it is not even noise as I love to say, making a point of my background from astrophysics.

    Tournament Earth

    Now, NASA has come up with yet another brilliant way of engaging the public. NASA and its Earth Observatory is organizing a tournament where we all are invited to cast a vote for our favorite satellite image. What I really like about it, is that there are several categories of images and the tournament goes on over several weeks.

    The tournament started today and you have now the chance to be a maximum influencer and decide which of the candidate satellite images of our planet is NASA and the Earth Observatory's very best.

    I have of course already cast my first votes. Please, do not restrain yourselves. Jump in and participate in


    I will reveal that this image is among one of the views of Earth that got my vote this week. Which one will you vote for?

    Blue marble Arctic View

    What can I say? I practically live in the Arctic....:-)


    Gerhard Adam
    That would be a good picture if someone hadn't spilled all that white stuff on the image and then tried to wipe it off.  :)
    Mundus vult decipi
    Hahaha - and when that white stuff melts it will destroy the rest of the image too....:-)
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    Oh, I forgot. Since you are more tidy than me (I read somewhere that you had something to do with Bavaria - it is very tidy there...) which one(s) do you vote for? Because you have to vote, that is a given!! :-D
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    Gerhard Adam
    Naaahhh ... I'm from northern Germany and we're just slobs.

    Anyway, here's the image I voted for.  I gives one something to ponder about what it means to be an object in space.

    Mundus vult decipi
    March Madness, best sporting event(s) in the United States, inspires all sorts of unusual tournaments.

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