An incredible photo has been taken by NASA's DSCOVR satellite, and the space agency itself is calling it "EPIC."
NASA has just taken an incredible new shot of the Earth from an even more incredible distance, and it’s a view so amazing, they’re calling it “EPIC.”
NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has just captured its first image that depicts the Earth on a side that is completely sunlit, according to a Huffington Post report.
The image was taken on July 6, and it is a combination of three images, all taken from a distance of a million miles.
Of course, it’s not without flaw at that distance. Although Earth is known as the “blue planet,” it takes on a bit bluer hue thanks to air molecules that scatters sunlight — but scientists are at work trying to remove that overly blue rendering in upcoming images.
The images were taken by EPIC, DSCOVR’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera. NASA will be putting out a series of photos of Earth each day taken by EPIC, and that will begin in September.
DSCOVR has a lot of parents, ranging from NASA to the Air Force to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was launched just a few months ago — February 11, to be exact.
DSCOVR’s current purpose is to observe the sun on behalf of NOAA. It was first conceived all the way back in 1998 by then-vice president Al Gore hoped to educate the public with images from far away from our planet.
Gore’s opponents originally joked that it should be called “GoreSat.” It was transferred over to NOAA, who eventually launched the satellite via SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket.
Back before NOAA took over, it was referred to as Triana. As Gore was very much concerned with climate change, it was intended to monitor solar wind condition and detect approaching coronal mass ejections from the sun. It was also intended to observe changes in ozone, aerosols, volcanic dust, and other climate phenomena on Earth.