How Earth Looks From 1M Miles Away

Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite snaps a beauty
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2015 6:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Not bad for a four megapixel shot, right? NASA has released its first photo taken from a million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, NASA.gov reports. Shot on July 6, the pretty image snapped by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) shows clouds swirling around Central and North America in full sunlight. "Once the instrument begins regular data acquisition," NASA says, EPIC will give us daily images and allow for "the first time daily variations over the entire globe." Launched in February, the satellite is designed to monitor solar wind and help us predict magnetic storms, Space.com reports. Its new image didn't go unnoticed on Twitter, either:

  • "Just got this new blue marble photo from @NASA. A beautiful reminder that we need to protect the only planet we have," tweeted President Obama.
(Read more NASA stories.)

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