NASA Takes a Global Selfie Starring 36,000 People

Online Mosaic Was Part of Earth Day Celebration

Published On
May 23, 2014

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A little over a month ago on Earth Day, NASA put out a selfie request to everyone around the world, asking them to tag their pictures #globalselfie. The agency recently revealed what it was up to when it unveiled these spectacular images of the world online. The globes are actually a mosaic made up of the 36,000 of the 50,000+ selfies that had been tagged.

The pictures came from 113 countries and every continent. Online, viewers can zoom in on the globes to see the individual portraits. "With the Global Selfie, NASA used crowd-sourced digital imagery to illustrate a different aspect of Earth than has been measured from satellites for decades: a mosaic of faces from around the globe," said Peg Luce, deputy director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington in a statement. "We were overwhelmed to see people participate from so many countries. We're very grateful that people took 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."