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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 23, 2014, 9:19 AM - Check out this "Global Selfie" of planet Earth.


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NASA released this image Thursday.

The space agency invited people from around the world to take a selfie on Earth Day, April 22, and share it on social media. They asked the simple question, "Where are you on Earth Right Now?"

"We asked people to answer the question on social media, with a selfie. The goal was to use each picture as a pixel in the creation of a “Global Selfie” – a mosaic image that would look like Earth appeared from space on Earth Day," NASA says.

According to NASA, the image was built using 36,422 individual photos that were posted on social media and tagged #globalselfie on or around April 22, 2014.

"People on every continent – 113 countries and regions in all – posted selfies. From Antarctica to Yemen, Greenland to Guatemala, Micronesia to the Maldives, Pakistan, Poland, Peru – and on. The image was assembled after weeks of curating more than 50,000 #globalselfie submissions – not all were accessible or usable – from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr," NASA adds.

And of course it wasn't all about the human selfies. Our furry friends joined in as well.

NASA says it designed the project to encourage environmental awareness and to recognize the agency's ongoing work to protect the planet.

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