It may not have the most megapixels, but this is the longest pano we've ever seen
Gigapixel panoramas are becoming increasingly common. We've seen them of major cities, famed mountains, and even other planets — so it takes a lot to still impress us. But a 6,000 mile long satellite panorama over a long sliver of the earth's surface? That'll do it.
This incredible slice of the planet stretches from Russia all the way down to South Africa, and was captured by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. Shot in April, this 6,000 mile by 120 mile flyover was recorded from an altitude of 438 miles above the planet. Comprised of 56 still images combined into a single strip that shows the immense diversity of climates on our planet's surface.
Orbiting at roughly 17,000 miles per hour, the Landsat was able to snap this series of images in just 20 minutes. You can read a bit more about what the satellite saw at the Earth Observatory page from NASA.