From the vantage point of L1, DSCOVR’s EPIC camera has captured its first EPIC’s first view of a full Earth from the Sun-Earth L1 point. We are excited to begin registration for the EPIC (Earth science Project International Collaborative) Workshop. The meeting will focus on. Images of the Earth from DSCOVR:EPIC allow us to explore the Earth as though it were an exoplanet. [Adapted from Jiang et al. ].

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Because the filters are so narrowband, a aerthh combination of red, green, and blue filter images wouldn’t make a photo with as much verisimilitude as the one released today. If they haven’t started regular image updates, do you know about when that will begin? The cells in our eyes are sensitive to very broad, overlapping ranges of colors of light.

To make Earth look like Earth, you need to start with three images that were taken in something close to red, green, and blue qerth. But the color differences are major.

It’s from that unique vantage point that the EPIC instrument is acquiring science quality images of the entire sunlit face of Earth. To cover both the Earth and SpaceX reusable launch eic development program. Ms Lakdawalla, Thank you for your clarification. Retrieved May 30, This page was last edited on 9 Decemberat You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Once the instrument begins regular data acquisition, new images will be available every day, 12 to 36 hours after they are acquired by EPIC.

Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made. EPIC provides a daily series of Earth images, enabling the first-time study of daily variations over the entire globe. Archived from the original on February 9, Retrieved July 24, Electronic technologies such as satellites in epid orbit are at risk of unplanned disruptions without warnings from DSCOVR and other monitoring satellites at L 1.


Data from EPIC will be oc to measure ozone and aerosol levels in Earth’s atmosphere, cloud height, vegetation properties and the ultraviolet reflectivity of Earth.

DSCOVR mission releases first EPIC global view of Earth, more to come in September

The posted images will be derived color products. It combines those into an image that looks much like what the human eye would see. So they only approximate true color, and they approximate it in different ways. The images were taken between Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. NASA will use this data for a number of Earth science applications, including dust and volcanic ash maps of the entire planet.

Post a Comment Comment. This data could constitute a barometer for the process of global warming. Earth depicted with its Archived from the original on October 11, Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.

Archived from the original on February 24, Then we followed the human eye color response spectrum. The red, green and blue channel images are used in these Earth images.

Archived from the original on June 12, If you compare the cloud patterns you can see the images were taken at very nearly the same time; there are small viewing geometry differences.

The agency freely shares this unique knowledge and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing. Retrieved February 26, I may have over-simplified this serth, because I wanted to avoid confusing anyone, so if this description is too complicated or seems aedth mysterious, stick with the simpler one for now I wonder if this mission has any top secret instruments or applications?

It always has a view of the daylight side of Earth, which is ideal for taking images.

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EPIC has a monochromatic detector and a filter wheel with 10 very narrowband filters from ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelengths, to nanometers. One of this spacecraft’s reasons for existence is to take photos like these, which aren’t possible from Earth orbiters located much closer, as I explained above.


The satellite is orbiting the Sun—Earth L 1 point in a six-month period, with a spacecraft—Earth—Sun angle varying from 4 to 15 degrees. For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript.

Retrieved February 15, Support enables our dedicated journalists to research deeply and bring you original space exploration articles. Retrieved March 14, They’re still not perfect though; to do better than that, you need a spectrometer that can image in many, many wavelengths and then convolve the spectral data with human visual response.

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To do better than the DSCOVR photo, you’d need a spacecraft equipped with broader-band filters that allow a wider range of wavelengths through to the detector. Archived from the original on June 8, I’ve aligned the two images so that you can compare them:.

Archived from the original PDF on March 20, Furthermore, the DSCOVR EPIC team’s goal for its Earth photos is explicitly to create images that simulate what the human eye would see; they “reduce the contribution of blue and slightly change red” in order to simulate human color perception.

Here’s a link to that one. You can see above an example image with natural color on the left and enhanced color on the right. I like the new perspective better! Therefore, the landing platform attempt was called off, and the first stage made an over-water soft landing instead.

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