A Russian weather satellite, Electro-L, has taken some incredable photos of the Earth, possibly the best photos of Earth to date. The satellite orbits the earth, about the equator, and snaps images every thirty minutes. Robert Simmons, a NASA scientist as NASA's Earth Observatory told Gizmodo:
Elektro-L is a Russian Satellite similar to GOES (the satellites that provide the cloud image loops shown on the news every night). The images posted by Gizmodo are a combination of visible and near-infrared wavelengths, so they show the Earth in a way not visible to human eyes (vegetation looks red, for example). They're not any better or worse than NASA images, but they show different things.