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English: South America. An orthographic projection of NASA's Blue Marble data set (1 km resolution global satellite composite). Image generated by custom Python code with orthographic projection formulas from MathWorld.
Date Blue Marble data: 2002-02-11
Source own work, using Blue Marble data from
Author Blue Marble by Reto Stockli, NASA/GSFC; orthographic projection by Dave Pape
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