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NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite Captures Image of Earth

Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite Captures "EPIC" Earth Image

NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite has captured its first view of Earth. The picture reveals all the sunlit facet from a million miles away.

This shade picture of Earth was taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Digicam (EPIC), a 4 megapixel CCD digicam and telescope. The picture was generated by combining three separate pictures to create a photographic-quality picture. The digicam takes a sequence of 10 pictures utilizing totally different narrowband filters — from ultraviolet to close infrared — to provide a range of science merchandise. The crimson, inexperienced and blue channel pictures are utilized in these shade pictures.

The picture was taken July 6, 2015, displaying North and Central America. The central turquoise areas are shallow seas across the Caribbean islands. This Earth picture reveals the consequences of daylight scattered by air molecules, giving the picture a attribute bluish tint. The EPIC group is working to take away this atmospheric impact from subsequent pictures. As soon as the instrument begins common information acquisition, EPIC will present a day by day sequence of Earth pictures permitting for the primary time research of day by day variations over all the globe. These pictures, accessible 12 to 36 hours after they’re acquired, shall be posted to a devoted internet web page by September 2015.

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