NASA Unveils Image Of The ‘Sunlit Side Of Earth’ From One Million Miles Away

NASA released an outstanding color image of Earth on Monday showing the sunlit side of the planet from 1 million miles away.

The image from July 6 shows North and Central America and was taken on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite with NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, according to a statement.

EPIC will start taking photos each day of Earth soon, available 12 to 36 hours later so that people can see them on a Web page by September, NASA said.

The objective is to study – for the first time – daily changes over the “entire globe.”

From NASA:

The image was generated by combining three separate images to create a photographic-quality image. The camera takes a series of 10 images using different narrow band filters – from ultraviolet to near infrared – to produce a variety of science products. The red, green and blue channel images are used in these color images.



An image provided by NASA Data from six orbits of the Suomi-NPP spacecraft on April 9 have been assembled into one composite photograph of southern Africa and the surrounding oceans. Tropical Cyclone Joalane is visible over the Indian Ocean.

The Canadarm 2 reaches out to capture the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on April 17 at the International Space Station

The northern lights illuminate the night sky over Lake McDonald on April 9, 2015, in Glacier National Park, Mont

The eye of Typhoon Maysak was photographed on March 31 by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station.

University of Alaska Fairbanks shows one of four NASA soundings rockets that were launched Jan. 26, 2015, into the northern lights in an effort to better understand and visualize turbulent air currents in the upper atmosphere

A NASA photograph on Dec. 20, 2014, shows the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset, taken from the International Space Station.

An image taken from a high altitude balloon on Dec. 20, 2014, shows the curvature of the Earth, with the towering Rocky Mountains below.

A March 16, 2014, NASA photograph shows a portion of the Florida Keys taken by astronaut Rick Mastracchio from the International Space Station

A Jan. 30, 2014, photograph shows North Korea, the darker area at center, between South Korea, right, and China, left. Lights from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, are visible at center. The image comparing the night time lights of the countries was made by the Expedition 38 crew aboard the International Space Station.

The sun rises over the South Pacific Ocean in a May 5, 2013, photograph by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the International Space Station.


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