Viewing Earth From Above

Earth, as seen from a million miles away, on July 6, 2015. A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth. This color image of Earth was taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four-megapixel CCD camera and telescope. The image shows North and Central America. Once the instrument begins regular data acquisition, EPIC will provide a daily series of Earth images, allowing—for the first time—study of daily variations over the entire globe. These images, available 12 to 36 hours after they are acquired, will be posted to a dedicated web page by September 2015. The primary objective of DSCOVR, a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Air Force, is to maintain the nation’s real-time solar-wind monitoring capabilities, which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts from NOAA. #