DiSCOVeR an “EPIC” image of Earth

Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft
July 28, 2015

NASA recently launched the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite to provide real-time solar wind monitoring.  After traveling for more than 100 days the satellite has now reached its parking spot approximately 1,000,000 miles from earth at the L1 Lagrange point, a gravity-neutral location between the sun and earth.  The location of the satellite provides a constant view of the sunlit hemisphere of the earth and an unobstructed view of the sun.  This deep space weather satellite will greatly enhance NOAA’s ability to provide timely warnings of geomagnetic storms and other space weather events.

NASA developed the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) for this mission.  It uses 10 filters to acquire imagery at multiple wavelengths.  Images produced using the red, green and blue filters are combined to create natural color images.  The scene above is the first natural color image of earth by the EPIC camera.  By September daily images will be posted online for easy access.  You can learn more about the camera and the image at:

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