NASA captured a truly ‘EPIC’ picture of Earth from 1 million miles away.
NASA’s recently launched Deep Space Climate Observatory, abbreviated DSCOVR, released its first image of the entire sunlit side of Earth seen from approximately 1 million miles away. The satellite captured the photograph from Lagrange Point 1, a gravitationally stable location between the Earth and the Sun.
The image was captured by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera — EPIC for short — aboard NASA’s DSCOVR satellite on July 6, 2015. It is the first image of Earth captured by DSCOVR that shows the entire sunlit portion of the planet. DSCOVR will soon begin capturing daily images of Earth, which will, for the first time, provide daily observations across the entire planet.
“Earth. Not mounted on a stand, with color-coded state and national boundaries, as schoolroom globes are prone to display. Instead, we see our world as only a cosmic perspective can provide: blue oceans, dry land, white clouds, polar ice. A sun-lit planet, teeming with life, framed in darkness.” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in a White House press release.
The first image of Earth returned by NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite showing the entire sunlit side of Earth captured ...