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NASA used 30 000 global selfies to create this mosaic

At first glance, these two shots of both sides of the globe look like fuzzy photos, but they’re actually made up of 36 422 selfies from around the world.

The selfies were collected by NASA on Earth Day to create a Global Selfie. The US Space agency asked people via social media (and using the #globalselfie hashtag) to show them where on the planet they were by submitting images to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr.

Hell – we even took part ourselves.

NASA then sifted through more than fifty thousand crowd-sourced selfies from 113 countries and regions to create the 3.2-gigapixel zoomable mosaic.

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“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,” said Peg Luce, deputy director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. 

Selfie mosaics seem to be a popular trend of late. Coca Cola is currently running a similar social campaign in the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup where it’s asking people from around the world to submit their selfies to be featured on a Happiness Flag, which will be spread across the pitch before the first match kicks off on June 12th in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

[Source – NASA. Images – GigaPan]

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