"It is surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon," said Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "Our planet is a truly brilliant object in dark space compared to the lunar surface."
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The individual images were taken by the high-definition EPIC instrument (yes, that's a real NASA acronym) using visible-light channels; it's how Earth and the moon would appear to our eyes were we there with DSCOVR at L1 (perhaps with a little help from a telephoto lens). DSCOVR is a partnership between NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force.
L1 is a point in space about 1/100th the distance to the sun where the gravitational pulls from it and the Earth cancel each other out, allowing spacecraft to be "parked" there. Launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Feb. 11, 2015, NOAA's DSCOVR spacecraft arrived at L1 on June 8.
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Designed to provide NOAA with early warnings of geomagnetic storms that could result from solar flares and CMEs, DSCOVR also carries Earth-observing instruments for NASA that will monitor ozone and aerosols in the planet's atmosphere as well as the total amount of energy received from the sun.
But it will also get some of the best views ever of our planet -- and its moon -- from space.