'This unique image was taken by America's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a system of satellites which will assist with weather and climate data collection and monitoring.
That is, of course, when it is not taking such fascinating images, which captures almost all of the world's land mass, excluding South America, Australia and - of course - Antarctica.
This is not one single image, but instead a composite built out of photographs taken on 15 orbits of the planet, from a satellite which only launched last October. it is operated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.'
Daily Mail | 'The WHITE marble: Satellite captures stunning shot of a snow-drenched Earth in vivid detail from 512 miles above the North Pole' by EDDIE WRENN at UPDATED: 13:50 GMT, 19 June 2012