NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website is now providing daily, up-close views of our planet in both natural and enhanced color, thanks to a recent overhaul.
The American space agency recently overhauled its archive of Earth views from space provided by Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite’s EPIC. The satellite orbits the Sun at a distance of one million miles from Earth, providing scientists with data to study the planet’s weather and climate.
Following the overhaul, anyone can see the latest Earth image of the day, archived images of the planet and animations of events like moon transits on the home page of the website.
Sasha Marshak, deputy project scientist for DSCOVR, said, “The ‘enhanced’ color images make land features more visible. This is achieved by enhancing low intensity pixel values. The effect of atmospheric haze caused by air molecular scattering and attenuation of solar light by ozone has been also removed.”
The overhauls also enable users to zoom in on specific areas on the globe, scroll through the newest views of the planet as it rotates and even download amazing images of the planet’s stunning landscapes and oceans.
The DSCOVR satellite was launched on February 11, 2015, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It is a joint mission among NASA, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force.