‘Black Marble’ (Courtesy NASA) NASA unveiled a new view of our world today. Black Marble is a new high-resolution image that shows the entire surface of the Earth at night. The image is a stitched-together composite constructed from multiple images taken by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite as it made over 300 orbits of the planet. The images were then assembled and overlaid onto NASA's already-existing Blue Marble composite to produce this picture. Dec 5, 2012.