One Year on Earth, From 1 Million Miles

NASA has released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency’s EPIC camera on NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite. This camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where it is balanced between the gravity of our home planet and the sun. The camera takes a new picture every two hours, revealing how the planet would look to human eyes, capturing the ever-changing motion of clouds and weather systems and the fixed features of Earth such as deserts, forests and the distinct blues of different seas. This camera will allow scientists to monitor ozone and aerosol levels in Earth?s atmosphere, cloud height, vegetation properties and the ultraviolet reflectivity of Earth.

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